Scaling and root planing – sometimes referred to as a deep teeth cleaning – is the very first line of defense when it comes to battling gum disease. It is a minimally invasive procedure that can help to treat periodontal disease and even reverse it if still in the early stages.
Gum disease is a serious oral health condition that doesn’t just compromise your gums, but your teeth and jaw bone, too. By seeking treatment in a timely manner, such as scaling and root planing, you can yield the best results.
What is this procedure? And how long does a scaling and root planing procedure take? Let’s talk about it.
What is Scaling and Root Planing?
About one-half of all adults will face gum disease. What starts out as reversible gingivitis in which minor symptoms are felt can easily turn into periodontitis if left untreated. As the disease progresses, the pockets of space between the gums and the teeth will begin to fill up with tartar and plaque. These bacteria-laden spaces need to be cleared out in order to reduce the overall concern.
A routine trip to the dentist is a great way to have gum disease diagnosed for the first time. However, there are a few signs you can look out for, such as:
- Swelling in the gums
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Receding gums / longer teeth
- Chronic bad breath
- Red gums
- Tender, sore gums
- Loose teeth
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible.
So, just what is it?
Scaling is the treatment used to clear out the pockets, freeing them from debris and bacteria. This can involve going deep below the gum line. Root planing, on the other hand, involves removing any debris and then smoothing out the roots to create a nice, smooth surface. This helps the gums to reattach to the tooth and minimize the available pockets.
How Long Does Scaling and Root Planing Take?
The scaling and root planing procedures get more involved the more severe the case of gum disease is. For instance, those in deeper stages will take more time and intricacy than those that are newly diagnosed. It is not uncommon for the latter to be in and out in about an hour whereas others may take two hours – or even have to cut the appointment into two separate treatments. It will all depend on just how extensive the gum disease is.
Talking to your dentist prior to your scaling and root planing procedure can give you a better idea about how long you can expect your procedure to take.
Scaling and Root Planing at Chagrin Falls
At Chagrin Falls Dental, we want to offer our patients the best dental experience. For those suffering from gum disease, being proactive with a deep cleaning can help overall oral health – and it doesn’t matter what stage of periodontitis you are in.