Professional Cleaning/Scaling


What is teeth scaling?

Your dentist may recommend that you get your teeth scaled. This procedure is generally conducted along with root planing. In more common terms, these procedures are known as a “deep cleaning.”

Teeth scaling and root planing help to treat chronic periodontal disease (otherwise known as gum disease). They are more in-depth than a typical teeth cleaning.

Teeth scaling and root planing often take more than one dental visit and could require a local anesthetic based on the severity of your chronic periodontal disease and if you have receding gums.

Recovery from this outpatient procedure usually only takes a few days but may take longer.

When do you need teeth scaling?

Your dentist will recommend teeth scaling and root planing if your mouth has signs of chronic periodontal disease. These procedures can help stop the harmful effects of this condition and keep your mouth healthy.

Chronic periodontal disease occurs when the bacteria in plaque cause your gums to pull away from your teeth. This causes large pockets to grow between your teeth and gums, and more bacteria can grow there that you cannot reach with teeth brushing at home.

That’s why it’s key to floss regularly to reach spots that toothbrushes can’t.

If left untreated, chronic periodontal disease can lead to:

  • bone and tissue loss
  • tooth loss
  • loose teeth
  • moving teeth

Chronic periodontal disease affects adult population over the age of 30. Some of the reasons you may develop this condition include:

  • poor dental hygiene
  • smoking
  • aging
  • changes in hormones
  • poor nutrition
  • family history
  • other medical conditions

You may experience deep pockets between your gums and teeth with chronic periodontal disease, but there are other symptoms of the condition, including:

  • bleeding gums
  • inflamed, red, or tender gums
  • bad breath
  • shifting permanent teeth
  • a change in your bite