Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling: Let's get rid of ugly build-up. Scaling is the process of removing plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces. Dental hygienists traditionally performed scaling by hand. However, new and advanced technology has lead to more modern methods such as electric scalers. This sophisticated tool allows dental cleanings to be performed more efficiently and in less time. Depending on the amount of plaque and tartar, a variety of methods are used to clean each tooth. To achieve optimum results, both electric and manual scaling methods are often combined for dental cleanings.
Root Planing: Danger often lurks just below the surface. To treat and prevent gum problems it's important to clean between teeth and in hidden pockets in the gums. Root planing is used to treat moderate to advanced gum diseases. When the gum is inflamed, gum pockets become deeper and may lose connections to the bone inside. The deeper the pockets, the easier it is for plaque deposits to become trapped and worsen gum problems.
Root planing involves inserting a pointed dental tool called scalers into the gym pockets to clean plaque buildup. Depending on the degree of complexity, root planning may take several appointments and a local anesthesia may be used to prevent pain.