Scaling & Root Planing


Scaling & Root Planing

Most people think that oral health maintenance simply stops with brushing and flossing daily. But that’s far from accurate. No matter how well you brush and floss your teeth, it’s not possible to remove every tiny particle of food that may be stuck in the recesses of your mouth that you can’t reach. This problem is made even worse for people who have misaligned teeth because it makes food particles harder to remove.

If food particles remain in your mouth, they attract bacteria, which leads to the formation of a sticky white film on the surface of your teeth known as plaque. Over time, if you still don’t see a dental hygienist, the plaque turns into a hardened substance called tartar. As plaque and tartar accumulate, you risk gum diseases, periodontal diseases, and other such oral issues.

Deep cleaning is usually done to remove the accumulated plaque and tartar before they’ve led to gum diseases. However, in some cases, you may already have gum disease. That’s where scaling and root planing come in. At West Orem Dental, we provide a thorough deep cleaning and scaling treatment to treat bacterial infection and restore oral health. For more information on the scaling and root planing process, please continue reading.

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling is a process in which the dental hygienist uses a device called a scalar to scrape plaque off the surface of your teeth. In some cases, that is enough to restore your oral health. However, in some cases, you may be suffering from gingivitis and there may be a wide pocket of space between your gums and teeth. In that case, root planing procedure is necessary to smoothen out and clean the root’s surface so that your teeth can be reattached to the gums. Basically scaling and root planing and non-surgical deep cleaning procedures under the gum line to treat gum diseases.

Scaling & Root Planing

Preventative Dentistry 

Signs that you need Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

The following signs indicate that you may need periodontal scaling and root planing:

  • Red and swollen gums.
  • Persistent toothaches.
  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away no matter how much you brush your teeth.
  • Receding gums.
  • Bleeding gums.

Why do you Need Dental Scaling and Root Planing?

Dental scaling and root planing and necessary in order to stop gum disease and periodontal disease from spreading. Healthy gums are supposed to fit tightly around the teeth. However, when gum disease sets in, bacteria starts affecting the gums and deep pockets form around the gums, which causes your teeth and gums to drift apart. Over time, gum disease can also lead to bone loss and loss of tooth. That’s why you should go for scaling and root planing when the situation isn’t too bad.


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Scaling and Root Planing Process

The following is a brief description of the scaling and root planing process.


During the scaling procedure, the dental hygienist will thoroughly remove all the plaque and tartar from your teeth, reaching deep into the recesses of your mouth.

Root Planing

During the root planing procedure, your dentist will smoothen all the rough areas of your tooth’s root. Bacteria, plaque, and tartar can’t adhere to smooth surfaces under the gumline, so the dentist will be able to reattach the gums to the teeth firmly.

Root Planing

During the root planing procedure, your dentist will smoothen all the rough areas of your tooth’s root. Bacteria, plaque, and tartar can’t adhere to smooth surfaces under the gumline, so the dentist will be able to reattach the gums to the teeth firmly.

What Happens After Scaling and Root Planing?

After scaling and root planing procedure, you have to return to the clinic for a follow-up visit. The dentist or dental hygienist will examine your gums and pockets to check how they’ve healed. If your gums have again become pink and healthy, you won’t need any more treatment. However, if the disease continues spreading, the dentist may recommend advanced surgical procedures to stop periodontal disease and prevent bone loss.

Cost of Scaling and Root Planing Procedure

The cost of scaling and root planing procedure depends on the extent of the bacterial infection. In most cases, the cost of the procedure will range from $1,000 to $3,000 without insurance. However, since scaling and root planing are medically necessary procedures, insurance may cover some or even all of the cost of treatment.

Oral Health Tips

After scaling and root planing procedure, you can follow these tips to maintain oral health:

  • Brush at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Replace your toothbrush after every 3-4 months.
  • Floss thoroughly on a daily basis.
  • Rinse your mouth regularly with an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Don’t smoke and limit consumption of sweet candies.

Frequently Asked Questions about Scaling & Root Planing

Can tooth scaling strengthen a loose tooth?

Yes, scaling can strengthen a loose tooth because it allows your receding gums to reattach to the teeth.

Does repeated scaling damage our teeth?

Scaling is generally recommended twice a year. However, repeated scaling doesn’t damage your teeth or remove the enamel, as is often believed.

What can I do about my receding gums?

If you’re suffering from receding gums, you may have gingivitis or periodontitis. In that case, you should visit your dentist for an evaluation. Root planing procedure is often used to smoothen the root’s surface so your gums can reattach to your teeth.

Can a general dentist do scaling and root planing?

Yes, a general dentist can do scaling and root planing.

One of the Best Professional Cleaning Clinic

West Orem Dental is one of the best professional cleaning clinics in Houston, Texas. If you have any of the signs of gum disease — bad breath, toothaches, swollen gums, bleeding, etc — then you should seek treatment immediately. For more information on scaling and root planing procedure, please schedule an appointment immediately.

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