Periodontal Deep Cleaning

Periodontal deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is a crucial procedure for addressing gum disease before it becomes severe. It is one of the first treatments our dentists may recommend if you are diagnosed with gum disease, and is often highly effective in managing the earlier stages of the disease.

This treatment involves two main steps, each designed to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums to halt the progression of the disease.

  • Scaling: This first step involves removing plaque and tartar (dental calculus) from the surface of your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that can harden into tartar if not removed. Both plaque and tartar can contribute to gum disease, so their removal is essential.
  • Root Planing: After scaling, the next step is root planing. This process involves cleaning and smoothing the roots of your teeth. By doing so, we remove bacterial toxins and create a smooth surface that makes it harder for plaque to reattach. This helps your gums to heal and reattach to the teeth.

The primary goals of scaling and root planing are to remove harmful bacteria, plaque and tartar, and to stop the progression of periodontal disease. This deep cleaning can be completed comfortably in our office, often without the need for anesthetics. However, if you prefer, we offer several anesthetic and comfort options to ensure you feel at ease during your treatment.

Typically, scaling and root planing treatments are divided into several appointments, each focusing on one section of the mouth. This approach allows for thorough cleaning and helps manage any discomfort. In some cases, scaling and root planing may be combined with other periodontal therapies, such as antibiotic treatments, to enhance effectiveness. For many patients, this deep cleaning is sufficient to prevent further progression of gum disease.

Maintaining good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular dental checkups are vital to ensuring the long-term success of your periodontal treatment.

Please contact Keene Family Dentistry at 817-641-0000 if you have any questions about scaling and root planing in Keene, Texas, or want to make an appointment with Dr. Christian Nwokorie or Dr. Rashmi Thapa. We are here to help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.