What is Scaling and Root Planing?

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and Root Planing In Boston

Scaling and root planing is a treatment offered at Dental Partners of Boston that doesn’t require surgery. Often used as an initial non-surgical treatment for gum disease, it is also referred to as deep cleaning. Using specific instruments, a licensed dental hygienist will clean the surface of the tooth root. Removing the tartar that’s below the gum line, the surface will also be smoothed.

If untreated, gum disease can result in tooth loss, inflamed gums, damage to and loss of the jaw bone (alveolar bone), etc. So it’s important that you regularly book in an appointment with your dental practice and have this procedure done as soon as possible.


How Many Appointments Does The Procedure Require?

This procedure might need 2 to 3 appointments to ensure that all of the tartar is removed. During the procedure, a local anesthetic is used to ensure only minor discomfort – the tissues within the teeth are sensitive, so it’s essential that you have a local anesthetic.
Appointments will be scheduled within 6 weeks of the initial scaling and root planing procedure, in order to re-assess the build-up and recommend what the next course of action is.

What Is The Process?

Firstly, the scaling will scrape the tartar and plaque off the teeth. Then, the root planing will smooth the roots. By smoothing the root’s surface, the gum will heal and reattach to the teeth. Even though it’s a non-surgical procedure, once the treatment is complete, the patient might feel a slight discomfort as the gum is healing.

At Dental Partners of Boston, Dr. Guzman will ensure that all the disease that’s above the gum line is removed. If it’s located underneath the gum, it will be a little harder to remove and locate. If he can’t remove all of the tartar, bacteria and plaque, further non-surgical treatments will be needed.
At the Dental Partners of Boston, we want to make sure that periodontal disease is managed and correctly treated – no matter what your symptoms or how severe it is. We want you to have the best possible dental hygiene help, giving you a sparkling and healthy smile.
Throughout your scaling and root planing appointments, we will guide you through the appropriate oral hygiene practices and techniques that you should use at home. Unfortunately, there is no cure for gum disease, therefore it’s important that you try to keep the amount of plaque buildup as minimal as possible by following a frequent brushing routine.


It’s important to know that following the procedure, you shouldn’t eat until approximately 3 hours after the procedure. This will ensure that the numbness has gone away and that you won’t accidentally bite your tongue/irritate your gums. If you are still feeling sensitivity in your gums for a while after the procedure, you can either use warm salt-water to rinse out the area or use Tylenol.

Schedule An Appointment Today

Are you wanting to find out more about scaling and root planing? Schedule a consultation with us today and our Boston Periodontist, Dr. Guzman, can guide you through the procedure.

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