What is Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical and deep cleaning procedure that removes plaque below the gum line, where regular brushing and flossing can’t reach. Unlike a routine dental cleaning, this procedure is recommended when gum disease progresses from gingivitis to periodontitis, which is damage to the soft tissue around the teeth.
During the cleaning, the dental hygienist uses specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar buildup that sits below the gumline and smooths out areas where deposits of bacteria can harbor.
Who might need Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and Root Planing may be the right solution for patients experiencing:
- Bleeding gums
- Buildup of plaque
- Swollen or tender gums
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
If left untreated, gum disease can lead to more serious health problems, including tooth loss and even heart disease. That's why it's important to seek treatment as soon as possible if you notice any of these symptoms.
Dental Issues That Could Require Emergency Dental Care
- Toothache or sever dental pain
- Broken or chipped tooth
- Lost or knocked out tooth
- Swelling or infection in the mouth or jaw
- A lost or losse orthodontic appliance (such as a bracket or wire)
- Trauma or injury to the moth or jaw
- Abscess or pus-filled pocket on the gums
- A broken or lost dental restoration (such as a filling or crown)
- Gum bleeding that doesn't stop
Why choose South Lake Union Dentist Office for Scaling and Root Planing?
No one ever said dental visits would be a day at the circus. That said, at South Lake Union Dentist Office we prioritize your comfort and satisfaction. Our experienced team of dental professionals practices the latest techniques and applies advanced, proven technology to ensure top-quality, personalized dental care. We offer flexible scheduling options and make it easier for you to get the care you need at a location near you at 527 Boren Ave N.
Patient Satisfaction and Comfort
The importance of a seasoned team comes down to patient satisfaction. We understand your concerns and highly value providing the treatment specific to your needs. Our average recovery time is three to five days, and we provide detailed post-operative instructions to help you manage any discomfort and promote healing.
Types of Scaling and Root Planing:
Full Mouth Debridement: This type of scaling and root planing is recommended for patients who have significant buildup of plaque and tartar on their teeth and gums. The procedure involves a thorough cleaning of the entire mouth, which may require multiple appointments.
Traditional Scaling and Root Planing: This procedure involves cleaning the teeth and roots below the gum line. The dental hygienist will use specialized instruments to remove the plaque and tartar buildup and smooth out the rough areas on the roots. The procedure is usually done under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort.
Laser Scaling and Root Planing: This procedure uses a laser to remove the plaque and tartar buildup on the roots. The laser can also kill bacteria and stimulate the growth of healthy gum tissue. This type of scaling and root planing is less invasive and may result in less discomfort.
The Scaling and Root Planing procedure usually starts with a thorough examination of the teeth, gums, and mouth to determine the extent of the gum disease. The dental hygienist will then use specialized instruments to remove the plaque and tartar buildup on the roots and teeth. The procedure may take between one and two hours to complete and may require multiple appointments.
After the procedure, the dental hygienist will provide detailed post-operative instructions, including pain management techniques, oral hygiene habits, and follow-up appointments.
The Risks of Untreated Gum Disease:
Untreated gum disease can lead to serious health problems, including tooth loss and even heart disease. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible if you notice any symptoms, such as bleeding gums, bad breath, or a buildup of plaque on your teeth. At South Lake Union Dentist Office, we offer Scaling and Root Planing services to help treat gum disease and prevent further damage to your teeth and gums.
Scaling and Root Planing Statistics
of adults aged 30 years and older have periodontal disease
of adults 65 years and older have periodontal disease
- 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease.1
- Periodontal disease increases with age, 70.1% of adults 65 years and older have periodontal disease.1
- A study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology found that patients who received scaling and root planing treatment saw a reduction in gum inflammation and a significant decrease in harmful bacteria in the mouth.2
Our Scaling and Root Planing Dental Team
At South Lake Union Dentist Office in Seattle, our experienced dental team offers scaling and root planing services for patients who need deep teeth cleaning and periodontal cleaning.
Dental Scaling and Root Planning
Get the deep cleaning your gums need with scaling and root planing. Our gentle and effective treatment removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line, helping to prevent gum disease and promote overall oral health.
If you're experiencing symptoms of gum disease such as bleeding, swollen, or tender gums, bad breath, or loose teeth, it's important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Don't wait, call us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards healthier gums and teeth in Seattle.
Scaling and Root Planing FAQs
Is Scaling and Root Planing painful?
Scaling and Root Planing is a non-surgical procedure that is typically performed under local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. You may experience some sensitivity or discomfort after the procedure, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
How long does Scaling and Root Planing take?
The length of the procedure depends on the extent of the buildup and the severity of the gum disease. Typically, the procedure takes between one and two hours to complete.
Is Scaling and Root Planing covered by insurance?
Many dental insurance plans cover Scaling and Root Planing as a necessary treatment for gum disease. Our team can work with you to determine your insurance coverage and provide information about financing options.
What can I expect after Scaling and Root Planing?
After the procedure, you may experience some sensitivity or discomfort, and your gums may be tender and swollen. The team at South Lake Union Dentist Office will provide detailed post-operative instructions to help you manage any discomfort and promote healing.
How can I prevent gum disease in the future?
The best way to prevent gum disease is to maintain good oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist for routine check-ups and cleanings. Our team can provide personalized tips and recommendations to help you maintain healthy gums and teeth.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013, July 10). Periodontal disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved April 14, 2023, from https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/conditions/periodontal-disease.html
2 Cugini, M. A., Haffajee, A. D., Smith, C., Kent, R. L., & Socransky, S. S. (2000). The effect of scaling and root planing on the clinical and microbiological parameters of periodontal diseases: 12-month results. Journal of Clinical Periodontology, 27(1), 30–36. https://doi.org/10.1034/j.1600-051x.2000.027001030.x