Do I Need A Scaling And Root Planing?

Have you ever heard of a scaling and root planing? Also known as periodontal therapy or a deep cleaning, this procedure is used to address gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease, protecting smiles from a disease linked to tooth loss. How do you know if you need a deep cleaning? What does the procedure involve?

Try Our Quiz on Scaling and Root Planing

  1. True or False: Gum disease can lead to adult tooth loss.
  2. True or False: Sore, red gums could be a warning sign.
  3. True or False: We can remove plaque from the roots.
  4. True or False: A deep cleaning may take between one and four visits.

Answer Key

  1. True. Without treatment, gum disease can eventually reach the advanced stage, known as periodontitis. At this stage, the disease actually attacks and destroys the connective tissue between the teeth and gums. As this occurs, teeth can become loose and eventually, lost. Periodontitis is the number one cause of adult tooth loss in the United States.
  2. True. Common symptoms of periodontal disease can include gums that feel sore or look more red than usual. Patients may also notice bleeding when they brush and floss their teeth. Please don’t ignore these possibly warning signs. See your dentist right away to discuss treatment.
  3. True. A scaling and root planing allows us to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and the roots. Doing so can help reverse inflammation and improve gum health. Also known as a deep cleaning, we can use this procedure to address the early stages of gum disease.
  4. True. The treatment can take a single visit, or possibly up to four. The amount of time required will depend on the extent and severity of your gum problems. If you have any questions about treating gum disese or our scaling and root planings, then please contact our office today.

Do You Need a Deep Cleaning?

We can use periodontal therapy, including a deep cleaning, to help you maintain a healthy smile. Contact us at our local Lubbock, TX office at 806-686-1262.