Is Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing Necessary?

Is Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing Necessary?

Team Periodontics

Millions of adults suffer from gum disease in some form – and many of them never seek treatment. Unfortunately, this can lead to problems with one’s oral health as well as overall health. The damage from this disease doesn’t just end with the gums, but can cause further damage to the teeth and jaw bone. 

Scaling and root planing is a procedure that provides a deep cleaning to remove the plaque and bacteria being stored in pockets under the gums. Using special techniques and tools, the gums are then smoothed out so they can reattach to the tooth and keep debris from collecting further.  

When it comes to treatment for gingivitis or periodontitis, scaling and root planing are proven to be highly effective. Below are a few instances in which it may be necessary.

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding while brushing or flossing can be an indication that there is plaque under the gum lines. Even the faintest sign of pink in the sink could tell you that there is an issue going on that warrants your attention – and the attention of your dentist. 

By seeking treatment right away, you can prevent further advancement of gum disease with a good oral hygiene regimen. 

Inflamed Gums

Gums may not only bleed, but they may also become inflamed and swollen. All the bacteria and plaque that is floating around your mouth cause irritation in the gum tissue. This is a very common sign of gum disease. Treatments like scaling and root planing can be highly effective at reducing the gum inflammation.

Visible Gum Recession

With gum periodontitis, the gums will begin to recede. Some patients say it looks like their teeth are getting longer. As this happens, the gums can pull away from the tooth and begin to collect plaque and bacteria. This may or may not be noticeable. 

Deep Gum Pockets

When the gums begin to collect this plaque, but they aren’t addressed – the pockets can grow deeper and deeper. As a result, they can wreak havoc on your gums, bone tissue, and teeth. The scaling and root planing procedure is necessary to ensure that the pockets are cleaned out and left to heal. 

Dangers of Not Seeking Treatment

As you can tell, there are many different signs and situations in which gum disease can impact your oral health. Seeking treatments such as scaling and root planing can help to reverse gum disease in its early stages or halt it all together. 

Without being addressed, you put yourself at risk for the loss of your teeth and bone density. What’s more, there are a few health concerns and other dangers that can arise from periodontal disease, such as: 

  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Bacterial pneumonia

For patients who have been suffering from gum disease, scaling and root planing can offer many benefits for the future of their oral health. 

Deep Cleanings at Chagrin Falls Dental

At Chagrin Falls Dental, we strive to provide exceptional dental care – including treatments for gum disease, such as scaling and root planing. If you have concerns about your gums, we are here to help. 


To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 440-247-8641.