Scaling & Root Planning

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planning is a non-surgical and deep cleaning procedure that removes plaque below the gum line, where regular brushing and flossing can’t reach. Unlike a routine dental cleaning, this procedure is recommended when gum disease progresses from gingivitis to periodontitis, which is damage to the soft tissue around the teeth.

During the cleaning, the dental hygienist uses specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar buildup that sits below the gumline and smooths out areas where deposits of bacteria can harbor.

Who might need Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and Root Planning may be the right solution for patients experiencing:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Buildup of plaque
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth

If left untreated, gum disease can lead to more serious health problems, including tooth loss and even heart disease. That’s why it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible if you notice any of these symptoms.

Why choose Fayetteville Dental Studio for Scaling and Root Planing?

No one ever said dental visits would be a day at the circus. That said, at Fayetteville Dental Studio we prioritize your comfort and satisfaction. Our experienced team of dental professionals practices the latest techniques and applies advanced, proven technology to ensure top-quality, personalized dental care. We offer flexible scheduling options.

Patient Satisfaction and Comfort

The importance of a seasoned team comes down to patient satisfaction. We understand your concerns and highly value providing the treatment specific to your needs. Our average recovery time is three to five days, and we provide detailed post-operative instructions to help you manage any discomfort and promote healing.

Types of Scaling and Root Planing:

Full Mouth Debridement: This type of scaling and root planning is recommended for patients who have significant buildup of plaque and tartar on their teeth and gums. The procedure involves a thorough cleaning of the entire mouth, which may require multiple appointments.

Traditional Scaling and Root Planning: This procedure involves cleaning the teeth and roots below the gum line. The dental hygienist will use specialized instruments to remove the plaque and tartar buildup and smooth out the rough areas on the roots. The procedure is usually done under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort.

Procedure:

The Scaling and Root Planning procedure usually starts with a thorough examination of the teeth, gums, and mouth to determine the extent of the gum disease. The dental hygienist will then use specialized instruments to remove the plaque and tartar buildup on the roots and teeth. The procedure may take between one and two hours to complete and may require multiple appointments.

After the procedure, the dental hygienist will provide detailed post-operative instructions, including pain management techniques, oral hygiene habits, and follow-up appointments.

The Risks of Untreated Gum Disease:

Untreated gum disease can lead to serious health problems, including tooth loss and even heart disease. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible if you notice any symptoms, such as bleeding gums, bad breath, or a buildup of plaque on your teeth. At Fayetteville Dental Studio, we offer Scaling and Root Planning services to help treat gum disease and prevent further damage to your teeth and gums.

Scaling and Root Planing Statistics

  • 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease.1
  • Periodontal disease increases with age, 70.1% of adults 65 years and older have periodontal disease.1
  • A study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology found that patients who received scaling and root planning treatment saw a reduction in gum inflammation and a significant decrease in harmful bacteria in the mouth.