While there are a number of things that can cause gum disease, the biggest culprit is the presence of plaque and tartar on your teeth. If you are still in the early stages of gum disease, our dentists might be able to treat you with a process known as a deep cleaning or scaling and root planing in Sacramento, California. Our ultrasonic scaler can make this process easier and more comfortable than it has been in the past. To make your appointment with Dr. Peter Kim or Dr. William Altig at Sierra Oaks Dental, call (916) 481-2000 and speak with a member of our team.

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

When gum disease progresses very far, we may need to provide treatment that reaches the roots of your teeth to eliminate all of the bacteria and plaque build-up. Scaling and root planing is a commonly recommended treatment that can stop gum disease from progressing and creating more problems for your oral health. Scaling and root planing can reach and remove bacteria, plaque and tartar below the gumline that is generally inaccessible with just a toothbrush and floss.

Why Opt for Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing is a necessary treatment when gum disease has progressed too far and can prevent it from spreading even further. You should not delay treatment for gum disease, especially if it has already progressed from gingivitis to periodontitis. Although the treatment might sound intense or invasive, modern advancements in dentistry allow for this procedure to be gentle and comfortable.

Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing reaches below the gumline and eliminates the plaque and tartar build-up you are unable to reach yourself at home with just a toothbrush and floss. Regular scaling and root planing can prevent the spread of disease so that you can maintain the health of your uninfected gums and teeth. It can also prevent the need for tooth extraction or root canal therapy.

Process of Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing may take one or multiple appointments depending on the extent of your gum disease and how much of your mouth is affected.

There are two main steps in this deep cleaning treatment:

  • Scaling: First, plaque and tartar are removed from the tooth enamel surface.
  • Root Planing: Second, the roots of the teeth are cleaned and smoothed, removing bacterial toxins.

Scaling and root planing can often be performed without the use of an anesthetic, but our dentists can use an anesthetic and other options to keep you more comfortable during your treatment. We will go over what options might be good for you.

Scaling and root planing is usually enough to prevent periodontal disease from worsening, but depending on your needs and unique case of gum disease, we may recommend other periodontal treatments in addition to scaling and root planing, such as antibiotics.

Cost of Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing will not be the same for all patients. The cost will depend on the extent of damage being treated and the number of teeth involved. Other factors may affect the cost as well. We will go over the details of the cost and treatment with you and encourage you to ask questions.

If you would like to learn more about scaling and root planing or other periodontal treatments, please contact us today! Our dentists can help you decide the right treatments to restore your oral health.