Scaling and Root Planing

Serving Cherry Creek and Denver, CO

Scaling and root planing are a thorough cleaning of the area of the teeth and gum line to prevent periodontal diseases. Scaling is the removal of all plaque and tartar that has built up above and below the gum line. Root planning will follow dental scaling, and it is when the dentist will smooth out your teeth roots to help your gums reattach to your teeth. The goal is to prevent decay and gingivitis from happening on your gums. If the gum disease pockets between your teeth and gums are severe or deep, scaling and planing may be needed to prevent further damage. Stay on top of your oral health with the help of Ascent Dental in Cherry Creek, Denver.

Who needs scaling and root planing?

Gum disease remains caused by a film called plaque that sticks to the teeth and can affect anyone. If your teeth aren’t cleaned by a dentist routinely, plaque can build up on the gums and cause decay and periodontal disease. The inflammation in the gums caused by decay and disease cause pockets where plaque accumulates and can’t be taken off by normal brushing and flossing. If the plaque and inflammation aren’t removed from the gums, you could lose bone mass in your teeth and may even lose a tooth.

What happens during Root Planing and Scaling?

First, your dentist scales your teeth. This phrase means that Dr. Johnston will remove all of the plaque from your teeth both above and below your gum line. Dr. Johnston next does a root planing, which is when he smooths your teeth roots and enables the gums to reattach to your teeth. Local anesthetics are used, and more than one visit may be needed to complete the treatment.

Contact Ascent Dental Group to schedule your next exam or procedure and keep your teeth healthy.