Root Planing

What is Root Planing?

Root planing is the process by which residual embedded calculus and portions of cementum are removed from the roots to produce a smooth, hard, clean surface.

This procedure is done under local anaesthetic over two appointments. The procedure is very similar to a cleaning except you will be anaesthetized in order to clean a bit deeper. After the treatment you will be numb for a few hours.

A three-monthly scale and polish should be done to re-evaluate and monitor the condition of the gums and the bone level. 

When is Scaling and Root Planing is necessary?  

The scaling and root planing procedure is for patients who have spaces between their gums and teeth that are too deep for a regular dental cleaning to reach. Plaque gets trapped in these spaces and cannot be removed with regular brushing; if left untreated, it could lead to bone and tooth loss.

This condition requires some dental patients to undergo a scaling and root planing procedure to remove any built-up plaque below the gumline. This deep-cleaning procedure also helps remove any bacteria in the mouth, which is important to one’s overall oral and general health.