Scaling and root planing, or non-surgical periodontal therapy, is a deep cleaning method used to treat and prevent periodontal (gum) disease. Whether you have early or advanced stages of periodontal disease, Vachik Danoukh, DMD, and Parham Mansouri, DDS, MS, of 360 Dental can help. They offer advanced scaling and root planing treatments right in this Van Nuys, California, based clinic. Schedule your scaling and root planing evaluation online or over the phone.
Scaling and root planing involve removing dental plaque, bacteria, and calculus from deep below your gum line and around your tooth’s root. Often considered the “gold standard” treatment for gum disease, your dentist might recommend scaling and root planing if you have:
Scaling and root planing goes beyond the traditional cleanings you get twice a year. This treatment is usually only recommended if you’re showing signs of gum disease.
During your scaling and root planing procedure, your dedicated practitioner uses a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from below your gum line. Depending on your needs, they may use ultrasonic tools to thoroughly sterilize and irrigate your tooth’s socket.
The next step involves carefully scraping your tooth’s root deep below your gum line, with a focus of removing plaque and smoothing out the root. This allows your gums to reattach to your tooth as they heal. If you have an infection, you might need an antibiotic ointment or oral medications to help you heal.
Because your gums are probably already sore and irritated if you have gum disease, you might be overly sensitive during your scaling and root planing procedure. To help decrease sensitivity, your practitioner is likely going to thoroughly numb your treatment area with lidocaine injections.
If you have advanced stages of gum disease and require a more lengthy treatment, you can also opt for sedation dentistry at 360 Dental. Sedation can be as simple as inhaling nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or using oral or IV medications to help you relax.
You’re probably going to experience some soreness and tenderness after your scaling and root planing treatment at 360 Dental. This is entirely normal and just a side effect of the somewhat invasive treatment.
But with each passing day, you’re going to notice an improvement and a decrease in your pain levels. It can take up to about four weeks to completely heal.
Book your scaling and root planing session at 360 Dental today. Click on the online scheduling feature or call the clinic directly.