Posted on 4/30/2020 by Hilton Israelson, DDS
For patients who stay on top of regular dental appointments, a cleaning is a straightforward process. Sure, we're not terribly surprised when we encounter a little bit of gum bleeding when we clean and floss your teeth, but if we see signs of periodontal disease, we may recommend a more advanced cleaning procedure called “scaling and root planing”. While scaling is part of a normal dental cleaning, root planing sometimes confuses our patients and does require a little bit of explanation to take the mystery out of this procedure.
Three Frequently Asked Questions about Scaling and Root PlaningIt's understandable to be a little bit anxious when we advise a scaling and root planing to you. It's not something you hear about every day, and admittedly, it does sound a little bit complicated. However, this procedure is quite routine and we are always happy to answer any questions you may have about it.
We strive to keep our patients calm and pain-free during these procedures. If you have any questions or experience any discomfort whatsoever during a scaling and root planing, do not hesitate to let us know. Our goal is to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. If you are due for a cleaning, please give our office a call today and schedule your dental exam with cleaning and, if necessary, root planing!