Scaling and Root Planing is a procedure performed by a dentist to reverse or prevent gum disease. Unlike regular cleanings, this procedure cleans more thoroughly by removing build-ups from the tooth’s enamel and roots. The procedure is also referred to as Deep cleaning.

Scaling focuses on the removal of plaque and tartar on the tooth’s surface while Root Planing removes these harmful substances located on the root. Planing also serves to remove any infected tooth structure and smoothen the root’s surface to promote gum reattachment.

We at Hudson Oaks Family Dentistry, use the most advanced materials, technology, and treatments to help our patients with their dental concerns more effectively. We perform Scaling and Root Planing to provide a solution for gum disease to preserve and improve our patient’s overall dental health.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing the teeth

  • Swollen and red Gums

  • Persistent Bad breath

  • The pain felt during chewing

  • Sensitive Teeth

  • Teeth which appears loose

  • Gum recession (Teeth seems to be longer than usual)

A patient is a candidate for Scaling and Root Planing Treatment if they experience any of these symptoms. It is beneficial for those who have gum disease to prevent the condition from worsening or causing other dental or overall health complications.

Scaling and Root Planing Treatment Benefits

  • It provides a healthier tissue environment to promote the reattachment of the gums to the teeth

  • The symptoms of Gum disease can be controlled

  • Risks of Gum disease like tooth loss can be prevented

  • Tooth decay, cavities, and other dental complications can be avoided by removing the harmful substances (plaque and tartar).

  • Protects and preserves the structures that support the teeth for better overall dental health.

How Does Scaling and Root Planing Work?

A hygienist or a dentist can perform Scaling and Root Planing. The treatment length and number of visits would vary depending on the condition of the patient’s gums and the number of harmful substances that have accumulated on the mouth.

Before performing the procedure, the dentist would first examine the patient’s mouth and oral structures thoroughly to make a proper diagnosis. Dental X-rays can be performed to have a clearer view of the overall oral structure of the patient.

The procedure causes little pain and discomfort but to make sure that the patient can receive favorable treatment, local anesthesia can be used. Once the gums are numbed, the dental procedure will be performed.  

The plaque and tartar on the teeth’s surface, roots, and below the gum line will be removed. Afterward, the roots will be smoothened to help in the reattachment of the gums for proper healing and to prevent further complications.

Prevention is always better than cure. Undergo dental Scaling and Root Planing to preserve the overall oral structure for healthier and beautiful smiles!

If you experience early signs of periodontal disease, like your sudden bleeding of gums or persistent bad breath, contact our office at  Hudson Oaks Family Dentistry for Scaling and Root Planing in Hudson Oaks, TX under our Periodontal Therapy Service. Lets us help you with the treatment and prevention of Gum Disease!