Root Planing and Scaling: The Basics of Deep Cleaning

Toronto Root Planing and Scaling

The Art of Dentistry is here to meet the diverse dental care needs of people throughout the greater Toronto area. Dr. Sol Weiss offers the latest in restorative dentistry to restore and enhance dental health as well as state-of-the-art cosmetic procedures.

One of the essentials for lasting dental wellness is deep cleaning, which is also known as root planing and root scaling. Let’s look at the basics of this often misunderstood treatment.

Deep Cleaning and Why It’s Important

Deep cleaning allows dentists to really address problems with plaque and tartar that’s located down at the gumline, which is very hard for patients to clean on their own even with diligent brushing and flossing. Deep cleaning helps address issues with tooth structure at the crown and root level, and is also an important part of treating and preventing gum disease.

How Deep Cleaning Is Different from Traditional Dental Cleanings

While many people may think that deep cleanings are just a different version of a traditional dental cleaning, that is not the case. In fact, a deep cleaning is a far different procedure. Traditional cleanings are performed with an electric brush and toothpaste, while deep cleanings require the use of specialized scraping tools to really access and treat the tooth structure at the gumline.

Root Planing and Root Scaling: The Differences

While many people thing that root planing and root scaling are the same things, they are really two different kinds of actions that make up the deep cleaning process.

  • Root Planing: This is the removal of infected tooth structure at the gumline and the smoothing out of any rough and damaged tooth structure.
  • Root Scaling: Root scaling refers to the removal of plaque and tartar at the gumline area with a scraper.

Ideal Candidates for Deep Cleaning

The best candidates for deep cleaning treatment are people who have plaque and tartar built up around their teeth. They should have realistic expectations about the treatment process and what it entails.

What to Expect from the Deep Cleaning Procedure

Deep cleaning is performed with local anesthetic in order for patients to not feel any undue discomfort. In addition, the deep cleaning will only be performed on one-quarter or one-half of the mouth.

During the deep cleaning, the dentist and hygienist will carefully remove the plaque from the teeth along the gumline, ensuring that there is no damage to the gum tissue and that the teeth are properly treated throughout the process.

Why Deep Cleaning Is Performed On Only Part of the Mouth

There are two reasons why a deep cleaning is only performed on part of the mouth.

  • The effects of the local anesthetic will last the rest of the day. If local anesthetic were used on the entire mouth, it would be very inconvenient for the patient.
  • Deep cleaning takes time, even when just performed on part of the mouth. Rather than keep a patient in treatment for a prolonged amount of time, multiple visits make more sense.

What Patients Can Expect After Deep Cleaning Sessions

After deep cleaning, patients can expect their teeth and gums to feel tender even though the local anesthetic is still in effect. Patients should eat soft foods that are lukewarm the rest of the day to prevent sensitivity, and they should brush and floss as normal. It’s important that they do this gently in order to reduce discomfort.

Schedule a Consultation for Deep Cleaning

For more information about root planning and root scaling and how it may be ideal for you and your needs, be sure to contact our dental care center today. Dr. Weiss and the entire team here at The Art of Dentistry look forward to your visit and helping you achieve excellent dental health.

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