If you visit us for dental cleanings and one of our dentist’s mentions that you need a deep cleaning, don’t worry. This is a completely safe procedure that prevents you from developing gum disease. At Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics, Dr. Ken Collins and Dr. Marnie Collins strive to provide patients with the procedures they need to maintain a healthy smile for life. Teeth scaling and root planing are one of the procedures we offer that can save your teeth from serious problems.

When Do I Need Teeth Scaling and Root Planing?

Teeth scaling is usually a procedure completing with a root planing and is regularly referred to as being a deep cleaning. It’s a procedure used to treat the early stages of periodontal disease or gum disease. It can take anywhere between one and two visits to complete the entire procedure.

When plaque and tartar build-up along the gum line, it can start to grow underneath the gums and form bacteria. Once the bacteria form, the gums will begin to pull away from the teeth and begin to grow large pockets between the gums and teeth where bacteria grow. Unfortunately, you can’t brush away these bacteria. Flossing is usually the only way to remove it on your own, but that doesn’t always work.

You might experience bad breath, inflamed red, tender or bleeding gums, a change in your bite, or shifting teeth.

Without teeth scaling and root planing, your infected gums can lead to tooth loss and potentially spread the infection throughout your body like to your heart or to your brain.

Teeth Scaling and Root Planing Procedure

Once the bacteria begin to grow, we need to remove it to prevent gum disease from progressing. This is where a tooth scaling and root planing procedure comes into play. First, we will administer local anesthetic to numb your gums up and reduce discomfort during the procedure.

From there, our dentists will start with a tooth scaling. To complete this, we scrape away the plaque on your teeth or from any large pockets that have developed. Next, we will move onto the root planing. This involves smoothing the tooth roots with a scaling tool to help your gums reattach to the teeth. If the bacteria are severe enough, we will also administer antimicrobial agents in your mouth or prescribe you oral antibiotics to take. This will help you heal faster and reduce bacteria in the mouth.

Once your gums are back to health, you can expect for all risks of tooth loss to reduce. Deep cleaning can save your teeth’s lives!

If you think you might need a tooth scaling and root planing or feel concerned about your gum health, please contact our dental office in Spokane to schedule an appointment with our dentists by calling (509) 532-1111.