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Scaling and Root Planing

At Life Smiles Dental we want every patient to enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile. If you have been diagnosed with periodontitis (gum disease), your dentist may have recommended surgical or non-surgical treatments to reduce the presence of mouth bacteria and inflammation of your gum tissue.

One of the most effective non-surgical ways to treat periodontal disease before it becomes severe is scaling and root planing. This procedure consists of cleaning and smoothing the surface of your tooth below the gum line, and cleaning periodontal pockets that have formed since the onset of your condition.

If you would like to learn more about scaling and root planning or other periodontal treatments at Life Smiles Dental Care, or to schedule a routine dental visit, call us today at (602) 485-3521 or visit our Phoenix, Arizona office.

Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal disease is characterized by inflammation and damage to gum tissue, due to the presence of mouth bacteria. Pockets of infection form underneath the gum line, where bacteria have damaged the connective tissues and caused gums to recede from the tooth. As the gums recede, pockets deepen and tartar can form on teeth roots, which have no protective enamel to shield them.

Most periodontal treatments are designed to (a) remove bacteria through careful cleaning, (b) deter reinfection, and (c) restore gum tissue to a healthier state. Scaling cleans teeth of tartar, so bacteria will no longer thrive and gum tissue can grow healthy once again. Root planing is the process of smoothing the roots of your teeth, to eliminate ridges so that bacteria have no place to live.

To keep your gum disease under control, we will first carefully clean the teeth and remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from deep periodontal pockets, then smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. Hand tools and/or ultrasonic instruments may be used to remove tartar and smooth roots. Scaling and root planing may take more than one visit to complete, depending on the extent of damage and depth of periodontal pockets.

Things to Know About Scaling and Root Planing

The actual process of scaling and root planing does not usually cause discomfort, but you might experience some soreness afterward, since the areas cleaned under the gum line may be deep. As your gums heal, your teeth themselves may become more sensitive to temperature. This sensitivity should go away in time, but we recommend over-the-counter painkillers (such as ibuprofen) to alleviate discomfort, as well as ice packs applied to the outside of the face, around the treated area. Do not apply ice directly to your gums, however.

You may also experience some bleeding after your procedure. As your gums recover from the procedure, brushing and flossing will have to be done more gently to avoid aggravating any bruised or tender gum areas. We’ll show you the best methods for keeping your teeth clean during the first days after your scaling and planing treatment.

We may prescribe medication or rinses to use after your procedure, as well. The hygienist may also apply medications directly inside your periodontal pockets. If you have questions, call us at (602) 786-5484 to speak with a member of our dental team.

An Effective Treatment

Scaling and root planing may cause some degree of sensitivity to your teeth and gums, but it is an excellent procedure for halting the advance of gum disease. Considering the fact that gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss, scaling and root planing can be a valuable treatment for preserving the gum tissue that holds your teeth in place. If you follow all post-care instructions and maintain good dental care after the procedure, the progression of your gum disease should stop; your gums will heal, and eventually return to a firm, healthy pink appearance.

If you would like to learn more about scaling and root planning or other periodontal treatments at Life Smiles Dental Care, or to schedule a routine dental visit, call us today at (602) 786-5484 or visit our Phoenix, Arizona office.

Dr. Paul Nielson, DDS, MAGD earned a zoology degree from Brigham Young University before completing dental studies at University of Washington, Seattle. He has practiced dentistry for over a decade, and has followed continuing education to exceed the state’s licensing requirements. He’s a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry and holds membership in many professional associations. He’s especially interested in implant, cosmetic and sedation dentistry; and full mouth rehabilitation.
Dr. Timothy Schmidt, DMD, FAGD studied in Utah and Oregon, before serving at University of Washington School of Dentistry as an affiliate instructor. Then he returned to Arizona to serve his local community. As a member of several prestigious dental organizations, he aims to provide comfortable treatments delivering natural-looking and long-lasting results. He aims to raise dental healthcare standards through ongoing education, new technologies and by listening to patients’ concerns.
Dr. Jared Bishop earned his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University in Utah, after which he completed his dental school training at Midwestern University in Glendale. Having completed a 1 year residency, Dr. Bishop was also honored to practice dentistry in the U.S. Army for 5 years. As a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Arizona Dental Association, Dr. Bishop keeps up with current dental technology, techniques, and materials to provide his patients with the highest standard of care.

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