Written by: on May 23, 2016 @ 9:53 am

what is periodontal scaling & root planingDental cleanings are, or at least should be, the most frequent reason for visiting your dentist. However, sometimes, a dental cleaning isn’t enough to clean the plaque and tartar from your teeth, such as when the biofilms develop out of sight on the roots of your teeth.

In such cases, periodontal scaling and root planing (or periodontal cleaning) may be necessary. The procedure involves carefully removing plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth roots, underneath your gums, and can help you avoid extensive gingivitis and gum disease.

Like a Dental Cleaning, But More

Like a dental cleaning, scaling and root planing’s main purpose is to prevent dental issues that arise from excessive oral bacteria buildup (in the form of plaque and tartar). Yet, unlike a routine dental cleaning, scaling and root planing specifically targets gingivitis and gum disease development, which result from plaque and tartar buildup underneath your gums.

Because accessing the surfaces of your teeth’s roots is more complicated than cleaning their visible surfaces, scaling and root planing can require more than one visit to complete. Afterwards, you may also need more frequent regular dental cleanings to ensure that gingivitis and gum disease do not flare up.

When is Scaling & Root Planing Necessary?

Not everyone requires scaling and root planing, but if your dentist notices signs of gingivitis during your checkup, then it may be your best chance at preventing gum disease. If you notice bleeding gums, gum recession, or other signs of gingivitis in between visits, then schedule an appointment as soon as possible to determine if you need periodontal cleaning.


To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. We welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights, MI.

Catogories: Periodontal Disease, Preventive Dentistry

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