Scaling is a procedure that periodontists use to scale the plaque and calculus below the gum tissue line. The periodontist works with specialized tools that are specifically designed to remove hardened, calcified deposits on teeth. The tools may consist of a metal instrument or an ultrasonic scaler.
After the scaling treatment, the periodontist may proceed to root planing. This is a treatment where the periodontist smooths the tooth at the root. Root planing makes it harder for bacteria to grow on the roots in the future. Root planing is also instrumental in helping gum tissue to heal and reattach to teeth. This helps to shrink pockets, thereby reducing the potential for future infection.
Periodontists recommend scaling and root planing when patients exhibit certain symptoms and conditions during the course of a dental visit. One thing that dentists check for is the size of pockets surrounding the teeth. Using a tool, the dentist measures each tooth pocket, or loose area around the tooth and below the gum line. Other signs that scaling and root planing may be needed include receding gums, in the treatment of periodontal disease, chronic halitosis, and inflamed or bleeding gums.
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, the sooner you get treatment, the better your recovery outlook. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.