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How Often Do You Need Scaling and Root Planing?

25 Feb 2022  |  No Comments
smiling patient woman in safety glasses curing bad tooth during appointment at dental clinic.

No matter how well you care for your teeth, everyone can benefit from regular teeth scaling and root planing. These professional dental treatments are the most effective ways to remove harmful plaque and prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Most people should schedule professional teeth cleaning every 3 months or 6 months if they have a pristine at-home oral hygiene routine. Teeth scaling and root planing appointments usually occur every 6 months to a year.

What is Teeth Scaling?

While a standard dental cleaning appointment addresses the surface of the teeth, teeth scaling and root planing go much deeper. During your teeth scaling appointment, your dentist will carefully clean below the gum line to remove plaque build-up.

There are two methods for teeth scaling that your dentist may use. They involve:

  1. Using a metal tool called a dental scaler or curette to scrape the plaque out from beneath the gum line.
  2. Using an ultrasonic method or a cool water spray to chip away plaque and tartar as the water flushes out the gum pocket.

Teeth scaling and root planing remove plaque beneath the gum line where your toothbrush cannot reach. Without these procedures, the bacteria could begin to eat away at your gum tissue, eventually leading to gum disease. While everyone should have scaling and root planing done, it’s especially critical for patients with receding gums or to prevent existing gum disease from getting worse.

Does Scaling Damage Teeth?

When we talk about teeth scaling and root planing, patients at Marsfield Dental Care always ask, “Does scaling damage teeth?” The answer is, “Absolutely not!” Teeth scaling and root planing are the best dental procedures to protect your teeth and gums from bacteria and decay!

Some patients with sensitive gums may experience discomfort during a scaling procedure, but don’t mistake this for damage. If you have sensitive gums, talk to your dentist about local anaesthetic options to numb your gums during the procedure.

What to Expect After Teeth Scaling

For a few days after your scaling and planing procedure, you may experience slight swelling, bleeding and discomfort. You must resume proper oral hygiene following your appointment, so the recession doesn’t persist or get worse. Your dentist will usually schedule a follow-up appointment for a few weeks after the initial procedure to ensure the gums are healing properly and the pockets haven’t gotten deeper.

Should I Schedule a Teeth Scaling Appointment?

If you’re concerned about deep gum pockets or receding gums, or you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, now is a perfect time to call your dentist and schedule a tooth scaling appointment, in addition to your regular teeth cleaning every 3 months.

The expert dental team at Marsfield Dental Care in Sydney is here for all of your oral care needs, including scaling and root planing. Remember, being proactive with your dental care is the key to a lasting healthy smile.

To schedule a dental check-up and enquire about scaling and root planing, call Marsfield Dental Care on 02 9887 1961 or click the button below.

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