What Is Scaling & Root Planing?

Do I Need a Deep Cleaning?

Scaling and root planing, which is also called deep cleaning, may be suggested to those who have gum disease. This procedure helps treat gum disease, which is also known as periodontal disease. Healthy gums fit snugly around the teeth, but those with periodontal disease have gums that are separating from the teeth. When you come in for your routine dental appointment, Dr. Sean P Avera will measure from the top of the gumline to where it attaches to the teeth. If this measurement is too deep, a deep cleaning in Auburn, California, may be needed to restore the health of the teeth.

What Is Scaling?

Scaling is a regular dental cleaning. Our dentist or hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from the surfaces of all of your teeth both above and below the gumline. This is done with a special metal tool.

What Is Root Planing?

Root planing is a process in which the plaque and tartar is removed from the roots of the teeth. The rough spots on the tooth roots are also smoothed out. This makes it harder for bacteria to attach to the roots and gives the gums a clean, smooth surface to reattach to.

What Should I Expect After a Deep Cleaning?

After scaling and root planing, you may experience tooth sensitivity, soreness, or bleeding. This should only last for a few days. If you like, you can come see us so that we can check the progress of your healing gums. We may recommend that you schedule a follow-up appointment.

We invite you to contact Sean P Avera DDS Inc. at 530-885-0953 today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.


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