Scaling and root planing, sometimes called a deep cleaning, is a specialized dental cleaning that removes plaque and tartar, and smooths the tooth roots in order to treat periodontal disease. This is a two part cleaning. During the first part, the surface of the teeth, as well as from exposed tooth roots, are scaled to remove extra plaque and tartar. During the second part, the tooth roots are then smoothed in a process called root planing, to prevent future bacterial accumulation.
Did You Know?
Plaque and tartar are not the same. Plaque is soft and can easily be removed by brushing and flossing, while tartar has hardened in place and can only be removed by special dental tools.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need a deep cleaning?
Our registered dental hygienist will likely recommend a deep cleaning if you are showing any signs of periodontal disease. Some common symptoms include:
- red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- receded gums
- bad breath
To determine if you have periodontal disease and if a deep cleaning can benefit your oral health, schedule a consultation with our Flushing, Queens RDH at New York Dental Solutions today.
What can I expect when having a deep cleaning at New York Dental Solutions?
When having a deep cleaning at New York Dental Solutions, you can expect to be given a local anesthetic that numbs your gums. In some cases, your RDH may opt to do only one quadrant of your mouth at a time to prevent your entire mouth from being numb all at once.
Then an ultrasonic scaler or hand scaler will be used to remove any tartar (calculus) on your teeth surfaces and below the gum line. Next, your RDH will smooth the surface of any rough spots found on the tooth roots. They will also place an antibacterial solution to promote healing and prevent future bacterial growth.
What can I expect after having a deep cleaning?
After your deep cleaning, you can expect to experience some residual numbness until the anesthetic wears off. During this time, it is recommended to avoid eating or drinking to prevent accidentally injuring your mouth. Once the anesthetic wears off, you can return to your normal routine and you should not experience any discomfort.
To manage periodontal disease after a deep cleaning, you will need to practice good oral hygiene such as brushing twice a day and flossing daily. You will also want to avoid smoking and take any prescribed antibiotics as directed.