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What to Expect During a Dental Scaling and Root Planing Procedure

Posted on 1/25/2021 by Moyer Office
What to Expect During a Dental Scaling and Root Planing ProcedureDental scaling and root planing is a procedure performed to combat active gum disease. It is one of the most non-invasive and non-surgical ways to remove bacterial tartar from your teeth and help you regain your pearly whites.

Why is Dental Scaling/ Root Planing Necessary?

When plaque is not adequately cleaned from your teeth, it hardens into a yellow deposit called calculus, which breeds bacteria. When these bacteria proliferate, they will spread in the area along and beneath your gums line. As a result, your gum may become infected and inflamed and will loosen its attachment to your teeth, resulting in the formation of deep gum pockets where bacteria will thrive. If you have gum disease, Dr. Moyer and may recommend dental scaling to prevent the bacteria from causing further harm to your gums and teeth.

What to Expect During Dental Scaling and Root Planing

Tooth scaling and root planing process involves minimal discomfort. We will administer local anesthesia to numb your gums before the procedure and use an ultrasonic instrument to shake large pieces of calculus. We will then use very fine dental equipment called scalers to scrape off the remaining plaque from your teeth and below the gumline.

We will then polish your exposed tooth roots so that they become smooth and bacteria may not be able to attach itself back to tooth roots.
This process is completed in a single visit. After the procedure, your gums may feel slightly sore but the discomfort will pass in a few hours.
Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in American adults. However, if you observe good oral hygiene at home and keep your dental cleaning appointments, your gums will stay healthy.

If you notice signs of gum disease like yellowing teeth, tender and bleeding gums, and bad breath from your mouth, schedule an appointment with at 480.935.6295 today and we will perform preventive gum disease treatment on you.

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