FAQs about scaling and root planing
By Seaside Dentistry
November 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Many of the routine dental procedures that are necessary to maintain oral health, as well as the cosmetic appearance of the teeth and gums, can sound unduly terrifying, and strike fear and apprehension in the hearts of patients, particularly those with more than an dental scalingaverage fear of going to the dentist. Scaling and root planing are no exceptions. But like many dental procedures, a deep cleaning is an essential part of a comprehensive dental care plan and tends to sound much scarier than it actually is.

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Simply put, a dental scaling and root planing procedure is a deep oral cleaning for patients suffering from gum inflammation due to plaque buildup and gum disease. Even with regular brushing and flossing and regular dental check-ups, some people can be more prone to periodontal disease than others.

Dr. Jason Campbell, a cosmetic and family dentist at Seaside Dentistry in Virginia Beach, will perform a comprehensive dental exam to determine the extent of inflammation and plaque buildup in each patient. When necessary, the surface of the root of each affected tooth will be scraped or “scaled” of the bacteria and plaque buildup causing the gum inflammation.

With a combination of an ultrasonic scaling device that uses sonic vibrations to loosen plaque, bacteria, and biofilm buildup, and a manual instrument to clear any remaining buildup, Dr. Campbell cleans the root of the tooth underneath the gum line to reverse the damage to the gums caused by plaque and tartar buildup.

Is Dental Scaling and Root Planing Painful?

A deep cleaning is a more thorough version of a regular dental cleaning. Every patient’s level of comfort and sensitivity is different, and local anesthesia is available for patients with especially sensitive or highly inflamed gums.

How Long Does a Dental Deep Cleaning Take?

Depending on the level of buildup and inflammation to the gums, a deep cleaning at Seaside Dental can typically take between two to four visits with Dr. Campbell.

How do I know if I Need a Scaling and Root Planing Procedure?

Maintaining good oral hygiene habits, such as daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to the dentist and avoiding certain foods and drinks are the best way to keep the gums and teeth healthy. Once bacteria and plaque begin to accumulate between the teeth and under the gumline, a professional deep cleaning may be necessary to reverse the onset of periodontal disease. After an evaluation, Dr. Campbell can determine whether a deep cleaning is necessary.

To learn if you are a candidate for dental scaling and root planing, contact Dr. Campbell at (757) 689-4363 to schedule an appointment in Virginia Beach today.