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Teeth Scaling and Root Planing – All You Need to Know

April 13, 2022

Scaling and planing is a procedure widely used by dentists. It can be an integral part of dental treatment and dental health. Read on to find out everything you need to know about teeth scaling and root planing.

Scaling and Planing – What is it?

A scaling and planing procedure involves two processes that are carried out simultaneously. These are teeth scaling and root planing.

Scaling involves deep cleaning a tooth under the gumline. Planing consists of the smoothing of rough parts of the tooth’s surface. Smooth teeth are at less risk from plaque and bacteria build-up. During scaling and planing, calculus and plaque are removed. This is a treatment often used for patients with gum disease. Scaling and planing is also known as non-surgical periodontal therapy and conventional periodontal therapy.

The benefits of scaling and planing are that it can improve the appearance of your smile and it can improve your overall gum health. The procedure itself can take anything from one to four dental appointments, depending on the severity of the issue.

Who Requires Scaling and Planing?

Those with gum disease are often offered scaling and planing. The procedure is used to remove plaque and bacteria from the gum area. Therefore, anyone with irritated gums due to bacteria may be given this treatment. If gums are left untreated and become inflamed, they can pull away from the teeth, which causes pockets to form. These pockets are ideal areas for more bacteria and plaque to accumulate, leading to more dental issues and potential tooth loss.

After Scaling and Planing Treatment

Once your treatment has finished, your gums will start to heal and begin the process of reattaching to your teeth. Your gums will feel and look healthier and more comfortable after healing. This is an important procedure for anyone with gum problems and can significantly boost gum health.

Once the procedure is complete, you should maintain a good level of oral hygiene. This involves regular dental check-ups, twice-daily brushing, daily flossing and avoiding things such as tobacco and alcohol.

Directly after your scaling and planing, you should expect slight discomfort around the gums and teeth for a few days. This will subside.

A dental specialist, such as Coombe End Dental , can advise you on the best dental procedures for you. Contact Coombe End Dental for more information on our services on 01722 341291.

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