Deep Dental Cleanings / Scalings

Think of scaling as a deep cleaning for your teeth and gums. This type of service typically happens during a routine check up. A dentist or hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar on the teeth that is below the gum line from the pocket area between the teeth and gums that forms when inflammation is present. Then, the gum tissue is gently pushed back and a procedure called root planing is performed. This is where the surfaces of the roots are smoothed to remove inflammatory agents like microorganisms, toxins and calculus. Usually this procedure is done to help treat gum disease, also called periodontitis.

When would I need this procedure?

Deep cleaning and scaling is only done when gum disease is present. Typically, this can be treated with a professional cleaning in the early stages of periodontitis. However, in advanced stages of gum disease, scaling and root planing is implemented into treatment.

What can I expect after treatment?

Like any dental procedure, your teeth and gums might feel sensitive, and you might even be a little sore. It’s also not uncommon for you to experience gum bleeding a small amount, but if it all seems excessive or won’t stop, contact us right away.

Saltwater rinse to soothe sore gums and and keep infection at bay is typically what we recommend to patients.