About SCaling & Planing
The gum pockets (where the teeth and gums meet) can develop built up plaque and tartar that cause a bacterial infection or periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing (also known as deep periodontal cleaning) is performed when gum pockets become more than 5 millimeters deep to restore the health of the gums and teeth as well as prevent further problems. The scaler removes the plaque and tartar from below the gum line, and then the tooth is planed or smoothed to prevent future build up. In some cases, pocket irrigation and antibiotics may be added to the treatment to improve and prolong the results of scaling and root planing. Smile Design Dental Spa offers scaling and root planing treatments at their office in Mount Kisco, NY with board-certified cosmetic and general dentist Dr. Stacie Calian.
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What to Expect
Scaling and root planing is performed in the dentist’s office with local anesthesia on the areas being treated and/or sedation to help the patient remain calm and comfortable. Dr. Calian and her skilled team also provide DentalVibe®, which uses vibration technology to help decrease injection pain. The dentist begins by using a manual scaling tool or an ultrasonic cleaner to reach all areas of the gum pocket to remove the plaque and tartar that has built up. Once the gum pocket is cleaned, the dentist will smooth or plane the surface of the tooth to minimize areas where plaque and tartar can become trapped. Once the gum pockets are clean and smooth, they can begin to heal and reattach properly to the tooth root. If needed, the gum pockets can be deep cleaned with oral irrigation and antibiotics can be applied to protect against bacterial infections.
After the scaling and root planing treatment, patients might have some inflammation or bleeding of the gums, but this should only last for a few days. Patients should continue or start a daily oral health care routine that includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing, and following any special instructions by the dentist. Patients should return in 2 – 4 months to have their gums re-checked by the dentist. A second treatment may be needed to fully restore the gums or the dentist may refer the patient to a periodontist for special treatment.
A scaling and root planing treatment usually costs between $140 – $210, depending on the extent of the procedure. Insurance may cover some or all of the cost and our front office will determine each patient’s coverage and out-of-pocket expenses.
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Stop Gum Disease Early
Scaling and root planing can stop early signs of gum disease, including inflamed and bleeding gums, as well as bad breath and loose teeth. Dr. Stacie Calian of Smile Design Dental Spa in Mount Kisco, NY can catch these signs early during an annual dental exam, and treat the problem effectively with scaling and root planing treatment.