If you are expecting a scaling and root planing appointment, you might be wondering what exactly is going to be happening during your appointment. Well, today is your lucky day. Our team is going to give you all the information you need on what you can expect for your appointment and how you can care for your gums afterwards to prevent them from becoming infected.
When you first arrive for your appointment, your dentist or dental hygienist will apply a local anesthetic to your gums and teeth. This will allow the area to become numb so you aren’t able to feel any pain during the procedure. Once the anesthetic begins to work, the dentist will first assess and exam your mouth. Afterwards, they will begin scaling your teeth. This process involves using an ultrasonic scaling device to eliminate plaque bacteria with sonic vibrations. This device will remove tartar, plaque and biofilm from the surface of the tooth.
After they complete the scaling procedure, your dentist will then begin root planing. This procedure involves a more detailed scaling of the root surface, which resides underneath the gum line, to reduce inflammation of the gum tissue. Your dentist will scale the root surface to smooth out any affected areas to eliminate plaque and biofilm development.
Once the treatment is over, your dentist will want to follow up with you on a regular basis to ensure the area is clean. At home you can prevent infection and maintain the health of your gums and teeth by practicing good oral hygiene. Consider brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash daily.
Call our office today with any questions or concerns you have about your appointment by calling 941-926-9888!