What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is a common periodontal procedure. Dr. Werkmeister’s Wexford office often performs this treatment on patients. It is an important step in an overall dental care plan to return gums to health and to keep them healthy. Here are some of the most common questions we hear from our patients about scaling and root planning.

Why Am I Receiving This Treatment?

Scaling and root planing removes tartar, plaque, and harmful bacteria from your gum tissue and bone that causes inflammation. Untreated, this causes the destruction of the bone that supports your teeth and can cause your gums and surrounding bone to become so damaged that your teeth can eventually become loose and fall out.

Scaling and Root Planing Treatment

Is This Procedure Painful?

No. Local anesthetic allows this procedure to be done with no discomfort. Special instruments are used to remove the plaque and tartar that’s formed both above and below your gum line.

What happens after this treatment?

You may notice that your mouth feels cleaner and that your gums no longer bleed when you brush or floss. There are no dietary or activity restrictions after this treatment, and you will feel absolutely fine.

How Do I Take Care of Myself?

You shouldn’t eat until after the anesthetic wears off so you won’t accidentally bite yourself. When the anesthetic does leave your system, you can eat a normal diet.

Root scaling and planing is an important periodontal treatment that can help improve your oral health. Please call Dr. Werkmeister’s Wexford periodontal office today to schedule an appointment.

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