Root Planing and Scaling

Scaling and root planing are two deep cleaning services that are designed to treat periodontal (gum) disease. Learn more…

Scaling involves removing dental tartar from the tooth surface, while the root planing procedure will consist of the dentist smoothing the roots of the tooth and removing infected tooth structure. These deep cleaning treatments help fight against gingivitis, a gum disease which, if left untreated, will cause significant gum and tooth deterioration and can even lead to tooth loss.

As non-surgical procedures, scaling and root planing are typically performed without anesthesia. While the deep cleaning procedure is usually painless, those in the advanced stages of gingivitis may find it necessary to have the area numbed for complete comfort. Scaling and root planing are usually broken down into just one section of the mouth per appointment in order to give the teeth and gums time to heal and to cut down on the appointment time. For more information on how to improve your oral health and avoid periodontal (gum) disease, call our Wyckoff, NJ dental practice soon.

Post-Op Instructions

Following the scaling and root planing procedure, you may experience mild sensitivity for up to 24 hours. To help reduce the sensitivity, rinse your mouth with a salt water solution of one teaspoon of salt in a cup of very warm water up to three times a day. Those who have teeth that are sensitive to cold can try using desensitizing toothpaste, such as Sensodyne, to reduce sensitivity. If you experience any additional discomfort, our dentist may recommend taking ibuprofen.