What Is a Scaling and Root Planing?

December 20, 2018

scaling and a root planing is also known as a deep cleaning; it is the process of removing bacteria from beneath the gums and from the roots of your teeth. A scaling and root planing can be done to manage the effects of gum disease. It can also be recommended for people who have gone longer than the recommended six months between regular routine dental cleanings. A deep cleaning can be an important way to keep your oral health in good shape. The team at E-Care Dentistry can help you keep your smile clean and healthy. 

What Is It?

Gum disease is caused by bacteria along and beneath the gum line. Over time the buildup of bacteria can cause your gums to pull away from your teeth and create pockets. These pockets can collect more bacteria, which can lead to more negative effects from gum disease like tooth loss. If the gums continue to pull away from the teeth, it can expose the roots of your teeth to bacteria. A scaling and root planing is the process of removing that bacteria. It can often require two visits to verify that your gums are responding properly.

Why Is It Important?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can cause serious problems for your oral health and your overall health. As noted above, it can lead to tooth loss. It can also lead to pain and discomfort in your smile. It can also put you at a higher risk for heart disease, stroke, and other diseases and infections. For people living with conditions like diabetes, gum disease can create dangerous side effects. Managing gum disease with a scaling and root planing can help keep these negative side effects on the lower side of risk.

Has Your Dentist Recommended a Periodontal Cleaning?

A deep cleaning can help you prevent or manage gum disease. To schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, Spring Hill, Osawatomie, Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, De Soto, Paola, Lawrence, and all surrounding communities.