Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling & Root Planing
Without proper cleaning techniques and routine dental cleaning visits, your gums and tooth roots can become infected, which can lead to gum disease and other complications. If you haven’t been to the dentist in over six months, we recommend making an appointment for an examination of your mouth and for a proper cleaning. If you neglect routine dental visits, this can lead to very painful and expensive dental problems. While there are many ways that dental professionals clean teeth, scaling and root planing are two common practices used to maintain proper oral health.
What is Scaling?
Scaling involves the cleaning of the crown of the tooth and the root surface. Special dental tools are used to scrape and remove plaque and calculus from these areas. Additionally, this process usually involves irrigation that delivers an antimicrobial agent to below the gums. This helps to reduce bacteria. Over time, our teeth tend to develop quite a bit of plaque. Unfortunately, this plaque is hard to remove on your own. During a cleaning, a dentist will scrape off this hard-to-reach plaque to help prevent gum disease and further issues.
What is Root Planing?
Root planing is similar to scaling but involves a much deeper clean. This process is used to remove cementum and surface dentin that is embedded with unwanted microorganisms, toxins, and tartar. Over time, tooth roots can be infiltrated with bacteria and tartar. As brushing and mouthwash do very little to fix the problem, sometimes a deep clean is needed. During root planing, the root of the tooth is smoothed to help prevent further bacterial issues. As the root is smoothed over, it then becomes very difficult for bacteria to grow.
Why Receive Scaling and Root Planing?
Although scaling and root planing can typically be used during a cleaning visit, it can also be used as a stand-alone treatment. Wondering why these procedures might be necessary? Take a look at these following reasons:
- Protects your teeth
- Prevents disease
- Can remove tooth stains
- Improves bad breath
Not only does scaling and root planing help prevent disease, but it also helps improve your overall oral health. Talk to your dentist today to see if scaling and root planing is right for you!
Contact Cardinal Dental Today!
For scaling, root plaining, root canal treatment, and so much more, contact Cardinal Dental today! Located in La Mesa, California, we’re your one-stop-shop for all of your dental service needs. Our dentist, Dr. Paul Michels, has decades of experience in the dental field and holds many academic and professional accomplishments. Call us today to learn more!