Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal (gum) disease is a destructive disease of the gums, jawbone and periodontal ligaments that support the teeth. It usually presents as swollen, bleeding gums and bad breath, but gum disease can also be very silent. Having periodontal disease affects the entire body; it can even increase one’s risk of coronary artery disease and having a preterm delivery. Scaling and root planing is a type of dental cleaning that is implemented when a patient has periodontal disease. With the use of dental anesthetic, the clinician is able to comfortably remove the hard, tenacious, bacteria-filled calculus. During root planning the hygienist removes calculus adhered to the roots below the gums, as opposed to a regular “cleaning” which involves cleaning the teeth above the gums. If left untreated, periodontal disease results in mobility and often loss of one or more teeth. Periodontal patients need to be seen more frequently for periodontal maintenance, usually every 3 to 4 months, until the disease is stabilized.

 
Scaling and Root Planing – Before
Scaling and Root Planing – Before
 
 
Scaling and Root Planing – After
Scaling and Root Planing – After