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Teeth scaling and root planing are done to treat gum diseases or chronic periodontal diseases. These procedures are generally called deep cleaning methods. These are more in-depth than other cleaning methods.

Tooth scaling and root planing take more than a dental visit and will also require a local anesthetic depending on the intensity of your gum disease. Recovery usually takes a few days, but it varies.

When Would You Need Teeth Scaling?

Tooth scaling and root planing are likely to be recommended by your dentist if you have signs of chronic periodontal disease. This deep-cleaning procedure helps to keep your mouth healthy and safe from the harmful effects of chronic periodontal disease.

Chronic periodontal disease arises when the bacteria in plaque cause your gums to pull away from your teeth causing the growth of large pockets between your teeth and gums. This results in more bacteria in areas where your toothbrush cannot reach. This is why flossing is essential to reach such spots.

Effects of Untreated Chronic Periodontal Disease

  • Moving teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Bone and tissue loss

Potential Causes of Chronic Periodontal Disease

  • Smoking
  • Aging
  • Poor nutrition
  • Family history
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Hormonal changes
  • Other medical conditions

Symptoms of Chronic Periodontal Disease

  • Shifting permanent teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Inflamed, red, or tender gums

How Is Teeth Scaling Done?

Teeth scaling and root planing are done at your dentist’s office as an outpatient procedure. First, your teeth will be scaled. Scaling involves the scraping of plaque from your teeth and the large pockets in case they have developed between your teeth and gums.

Next, root planing is done. Your dentist uses a scaling tool to smoothen your tooth roots to help your gums to reattach to your teeth. You may be recommended additional treatment depending on your teeth and gums.

Benefits of Teeth Scaling

  • Reduces the risk of experiencing bone, tissue, or tooth loss.
  • Reduces the pocket gap between teeth and gums.

Side Effects of Teeth Scaling

There are minimal possible side effects after teeth scaling. Your dentist may prescribe an antibiotic or mouthwash to use for a few days. You may also experience pain, tenderness, and sensitivity during those few days.

Feel free to contact Covington Signature Dentistry at 27121 174th Place SE, Suite 202, Covington WA 98042 at (253) 638-9955 or visit our website for any questions you might have on scaling and root planing. 

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