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What Does Scaling & Root Planing Involve?

April 21, 2023 11:11 pm

A healthy smile is more than simply having strong, white teeth. There are numerous structures that support your teeth, such as your gums! Healthy gums are essential to your overall oral health. Your gums frame your smile and help anchor your teeth in your jawbone.

Scaling and root planing is a periodontal service that specifically treats diseased gums by targeting bacteria below the gumline.

The Scaling & Root Planing Process

If needed, we will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area of the mouth you need worked on. Additional dental sedation can also help you remain calm and pain-free. Once the anesthetic is active, scaling the teeth and planing the roots will begin. This process involves special tools that fit into the space between the gums and teeth. Root planing allows the gumline to reattach to your teeth.

After completing a section of your mouth, we may move on to another or wait until another appointment. We may also ask you to come back for a follow-up appointment so we can evaluate how well the scaling and root planing have improved your gum health.

What to Expect After Scaling and Root Planing

Since scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning below the gum line, your mouth may exhibit more of a response than to a normal cleaning. For example, you may experience some mild tenderness and pain, temporary tooth sensitivity, and light bleeding. We will provide personalized care instructions to promote a smooth recovery after your scaling and root planing treatment.

Periodontal Treatment in Olathe, KS

Scaling and root planing may be necessary to improve the overall health of your gums and preserve the integrity of your teeth. At Ryan Dental, we offer comprehensive oral healthcare, including periodontal therapy. Please contact us today to learn more about our services!


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