Root Planing and Scaling

Effective Treatment for Periodontal Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common oral health condition that affects the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can result in gum recession, tooth loss, and even impact overall health. In cases where gum disease has progressed past gingivitis, root planing and scaling with the Pearland, TX dentists from Pearland Dental Group can help.

What is Root Planing and Scaling?

Root planing and scaling, also known as dental deep cleaning, refers to two procedures, used in combination to effectively remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from below the gumline to restore gum health and prevent the progression of gum disease. 


During the scaling phase, our dental professional uses specialized tools to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the surfaces of the teeth and below the gum line. During the root planing phase, your Pearland dentist will smooth the rough areas on the roots, allowing the gums to reattach more securely to the teeth. This helps prevent bacteria from accumulating in those spaces in the future.

Benefits of Root Planing and Scaling

Root planing and scaling offer numerous benefits for patients with gum disease. Some key advantages of the procedure include:


  • Improved Gum Health: By removing the source of infection, dental deep cleaning helps restore gum health and reduce inflammation.
  • Prevention of Further Damage: Treating gum disease early with root planing and scaling can prevent the progression of gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss and other serious oral health issues.
  • Fresh Breath: Removing the bacteria and infection from below the gumline can significantly improve bad breath caused by gum disease.
  • Enhanced Aesthetic Appearance: Dental deep cleaning can reduce gum inflammation and improve the appearance of your smile, making it more aesthetically pleasing.

The Root Planing and Scaling Process

Initial Consultation

Before being approved for root planing and scaling, your Pearland dentist will have you attend an initial consultation. During your initial consultation, your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth, take X-rays, review your medical history, and ask you questions about your smile goals. Your initial consultation is a good time to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have. 



Before the procedure begins, a local anesthetic will be administered to numb the area being treated. This ensures a painless experience for the patient.


Scaling and Root Planing

Once you’re numb, your Pearland dentist will remove bacteria from the surfaces of the teeth and below the gum line. After scaling, the roots of the teeth are carefully smoothed or planed, removing the spaces where bacteria can accumulate and attach to the roots of the teeth. An antibacterial rinse may be used to flush out any remaining bacteria and promote healing of the gums.

Root Planing and Scaling Aftercare

After undergoing root planing and scaling, it’s essential to follow proper aftercare instructions to promote healing and maintain your gum health. Here are some tips to help you during the recovery process:


  1. Follow a Soft Food Diet: Stick to soft foods for the first few days following the procedure. Opt for items like mashed potatoes, yogurt, smoothies, and soup. Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that can irritate the treated areas.
  2. Avoid Tobacco and Alcohol: Refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol during the healing process, as these substances can hinder the healing process and increase the risk of complications.
  3. Gently Brush Your Teeth: Continue to brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be gentle and avoid vigorous brushing near the treated areas to prevent irritation. Consider using toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth.
  4. Floss with Care: While it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene, be cautious when flossing around the treated areas. Use a gentle back-and-forth motion and avoid applying too much pressure.
  5. Rinse with Saltwater: Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater solution (1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of warm water) after meals to help reduce inflammation and promote healing. Swish the solution in your mouth for about 30 seconds before spitting it out.
  6. Take Prescribed Medications: If your dentist has prescribed any medications, such as antibiotics or antimicrobial mouth rinses, make sure to take them as directed. Follow the prescribed dosage and complete the full course of medication.
  7. Attend Follow-Up Appointments: Keep up with your scheduled follow-up appointments to allow your dentist to monitor your healing progress. These appointments are crucial for assessing your gum health and making any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.
  8. Avoid Strenuous Activities: For the first few days after root planing and scaling, avoid engaging in strenuous physical activities that could increase blood flow to the treated gums and potentially disrupt the healing process.
  9. Manage Discomfort: It’s normal to experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity following the procedure. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate any pain. If the discomfort persists or worsens, contact your dentist for further guidance.
  10. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: As you recover, continue to practice good oral hygiene habits. Brush and floss regularly, use antimicrobial mouthwash if recommended, and attend your regular dental check-ups to ensure long-term gum health.

Frequently Asked Questions

The procedure is performed using a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. You may experience some sensitivity or mild discomfort afterward, but it can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and your dentist’s post-treatment instructions.

The duration of the procedure depends on the severity of your gum disease and the number of areas that require treatment. On average, it can take between one to two hours to complete.

In some cases, multiple appointments may be required, especially if your gum disease is more advanced. Your dentist will evaluate your condition and provide a personalized treatment plan that suits your needs.

Many dental insurance plans provide coverage for periodontal treatments such as root planing and scaling. However, coverage can vary, so you should review your dental insurance policy or consult your insurance provider to understand the specifics of your coverage.

Save Your Gums From Disease, Call Pearland Dental Group Today!

Root planing and scaling are vital procedures for restoring gum health and preventing the progression of gum disease. Our experienced Pearland dental professionals are committed to providing high-quality periodontal care to help you achieve optimal oral health. 


If you’re suffering from symptoms of periodontal disease, schedule an appointment with Pearland Dental Group by dialing (281) 993-9900. You can also schedule an appointment by clicking the button below and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly. Pearland Dental Group provides scaling and root planing to patients from Pearland and surrounding areas such as Fresno, Houston, Alvin, and League City, TX.

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