Next time you schedule an appointment with your dentist you might want to enquire about scaling and planing, especially if you’ve ever been at risk of gum disease. It’s a procedure that not many people know about, and yet it can improve the health of your teeth and gums and is entirely pain-free.
That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide covering everything you need to know.
What Does Scaling and Planing Involve?
Though performed at the same time, scaling and root planing are two separate procedures.
- Scaling involves getting rid of plaque and calculus from tooth surfaces above and below the gumline. This is done using an ultrasonic scaling tools which eliminates unwanted compounds and delivers antimicrobial agents below the gums
- Root planing removes cementum and surface dentin that is infested with unhealthy microorganisms. It also smooths the root of each tooth, which helps decrease inflammation and makes it easier for your gums to heal.
How Does Scaling and Root Planing Feel?
People often assume that these procedures are going to be painful, but that’s not the case. Before your dentist starts, a numbing agent will be used to ensure you feel no pain at all. At most, all you’ll experience is an unusual sense of pressure as the dentist scales and planes – you may also experience a touch of discomfort simply from holding your mouth open so long. All in all, scaling and planing is absolutely nothing to worry about.
How Will You Feel After Scaling and Root Planing?
This is a deep clean, so your gums may feel swollen or tender for a day or two after the procedure – this might be slightly unpleasant, but it shouldn’t get in the way of normal eating, drinking, and brushing. Some people experience sensitivity for a few days, which can be prevented by switching to a desensitizing toothpaste. If you’re prone to infection, you may be prescribed a certain medication or mouthwash by your dentist.
Scaling and root planing helps you to have good overall oral hygiene, so make sure you have a chat with your dentist to book an appointment.