Scaling & Root Planing


What Is Scaling & Root Planing And Why Is It Performed?

Scaling and root planing has proven to be the most effective way to treat periodontal disease (also called gum disease) before it becomes too severe. The process of scaling and root planing involves cleaning in between the gums and the teeth, from the top of the tooth all the way down to the roots. For more severe cases of periodontal disease, there may be some pain involved in the process. But Dr. Renee Shepherd will be sure to use a local anesthetic to numb your gums and the roots of your teeth if she determines that you have a severe enough case. Your comfort is our top priority!

Dr. Shepherd may also place small antibiotic fibers into the spaces between the teeth and gums. These fibers will help prevent infection from growing in this sensitive area, and they’ll also facilitate the healing process.

What To Expect After Your Procedure

If Dr. Shepherd has used anesthesia to help manage any pain during your scaling and root planing, it’s possible that your lips and gums may remain numb for a few hours. Once the anesthetic wears off, your gums may be a bit tender for a day or so, but you shouldn’t feel any pain.

If you have symptoms of periodontal disease (link to Periodontics page), and you would like to talk more about scaling and root planing, please call Longmont Dental & Orthodontics, located in Longmont, Colorado.