Scaling and Root Planing

Treat gum disease below the gumline

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects over 47 percent of adults over the age of 30, with that number jumping to over 70 percent in adults over the age of 65. While regular brushing and flossing work to remove the bacteria and plaque responsible for gum disease, it isnā€™t always enough. At New Leaf Rohnert Park, we understand how damaging gum disease can be to your overall oral and general health and offer deep cleanings that include scaling and root planing in order to remove the plaque and bacterial buildup under the gumline that is responsible for severe gum disease and even tooth loss.

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Why choose us for Rohnert Park scaling & root planing

At New Leaf Rohnert Park, our goal is for everyone to have a healthy mouth and that begins with healthy teeth and gums. We offer a wide variety of services to treat all your dental concerns in a comfortable and friendly environment.

With gum disease affecting so many adults, we know the importance of gum disease treatment and prevention. In most cases, this means working with you to create a regular oral hygiene routine that includes regular dental cleanings. However, when gum disease goes untreated and begins creating pockets between your teeth and gums, a regular cleaning will not be enough. If this is the case, we will recommend a deep cleaning which includes scaling and root planing. This procedure treats the plaque and bacteria, saving your teeth and improving your overall oral health.

Using state-of-the-art technology, our experienced and caring team will work with you to create a treatment plan that addresses your gum disease and other dental concerns and get you on the road to a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile.

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Benefits

If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of gum disease, such as swollen gums, bleeding, painful chewing, or sensitive teeth, scaling and root planing can provide you with many benefits. These can include:
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A reduced risk of severe gum disease and tooth loss
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Reduced or eliminated symptoms of gum disease
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Healthier gums that are no longer inflamed or bleed when you brush your teeth
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Reduced cavities and other dental concerns caused by plaque buildup

Our periodontal services

Deep Cleanings ā€¢ Scaling & Root Planing ā€¢ Pocket Irrigation

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Donā€™t let gum disease put you at risk of losing your teeth. Take the first step to healthy gums and teeth with New Leaf Rohnert Park and our deep cleanings with scaling and root planing.

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FAQ

What is scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, is a dental procedure used to treat periodontal disease. The process involves removing plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and smoothing the root surfaces to help the gums reattach to the teeth. This treatment aims to reduce inflammation, prevent further bone and tissue loss, and improve overall gum health.

How is scaling and root planing performed?

Scaling and root planing is typically performed by a dental hygienist or dentist using specialized instruments. The procedure consists of two main steps:

  • Scaling: Using a dental scaler or ultrasonic cleaner, the dental professional will remove plaque and tartar deposits from the tooth surfaces and below the gumline.
  • Root planing: The dental professional will smooth the rough spots on the root surfaces of the teeth, making it more difficult for bacteria to accumulate and allowing the gums to reattach to the teeth more effectively.

Local anesthesia may be used to numb the area being treated to ensure your comfort during the procedure.

What can I expect after scaling and root planing?

After scaling and root planing, you may experience some mild discomfort, gum sensitivity, or bleeding for a few days. Your dentist may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribe a mouth rinse to help alleviate any discomfort and promote healing. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, to help prevent the recurrence of periodontal disease.

How often is scaling and root planing necessary?

The frequency of scaling and root planing depends on your individual oral health needs and the severity of your periodontal disease. Some people may require the procedure only once, while others with more advanced gum disease may need ongoing treatment and maintenance. Your dentist will recommend the best course of action for your specific situation and help you develop a personalized treatment plan to improve your gum health.

What is the difference between scaling and root planing and a regular dental cleaning?

A regular dental cleaning, or prophylaxis, focuses on removing plaque and tartar from the visible surfaces of the teeth and along the gumline. Scaling and root planing, on the other hand, is a more involved procedure that targets the deep pockets between the teeth and gums where periodontal disease occurs. Scaling and root planing not only removes plaque and tartar but also smooths the tooth roots to help promote gum reattachment and improve gum health.

Is scaling and root planing painful?

Scaling and root planing should not be painful, as your dentist or dental hygienist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area being treated. However, you may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity during and after the procedure, particularly if you have deep gum pockets or sensitive teeth. If you’re concerned about discomfort, be sure to discuss this with your dental professional, who can take additional measures to ensure your comfort during the procedure.

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