What is scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is a non-surgical procedure to treat and prevent gum diseases. When plaque and tartar spread below the gum line, scaling and root planing is required to clean it out.

When is scaling and

root planing performed?

When plaque and tartar spread to the gum, the gum can get inflamed. The inflamed gum pulls away from the teeth causing pockets to form around the teeth and exposing part of the root. If the gum disease is left untreated, these pockets can get deeper, resulting in the condition getting more serious. Scaling and root planing is done to prevent the infection from spreading deeper into the gums.

What is the procedure for scaling and root planing?

When you come to Devon Neighbourhood Dental for treatment of gum disease, we will first give you a full oral examination to identify the full extent of the disease. If the disease is still in the early stages, we can treat it with scaling and root planing.

We will first anesthetize your gums so that you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. We will then use an instrument called a scaler to clean out the plaque and tartar from your teeth and below the gum line. The area will then be disinfected to make sure that all the infection has been cleared out. During the next stage of the procedure, we smooth out the surface of the exposed roots to allow the gum to attach itself to them once again.

The whole procedure is usually completed over two visits. We will also call you in for a follow-up visit to make sure that the infection has cleared and that you are healing well.

Devon Neighbourhood Dental

Dr. Laheeb Quddusi and his team at Devon Neighbourhood Dental always take extreme care with all their dental procedures. We have treated several patients with gum diseases and have had excellent results. Contact us for an appointment for any of your dental problems.