Deep Cleaning

When is dental deep cleaning, also known as root planing and scaling, done?

Root planing and scaling is done when gums have either started to pull away from the teeth or the roots of the teeth have hard mineral deposits (tartar) on them.

So what is root planing and scaling?

Dental deep cleaning, also known as root planing and scaling, is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. This type of dental deep cleaning cleans between the gums and the teeth down to the roots. Your Houston Cosmetic Dentist Ellen Lim  may need to use a local anesthetic to numb your gums and the roots of your teeth in certain circumstances. If anesthesia is used, your lips and gums may remain numb for a few hours. Planing and scaling causes little or no discomfort.
We  will use an ultrasonic tool for the planing and scaling. This tool is not as uncomfortable as a standard scraping tool, but not all cleanings require this type of tool.
The root surfaces on the tooth are then planed and smoothed. If effective, scaling and root planing helps the gums reattach themselves to the tooth structure.  Additional measures may be needed if the periodontal pockets persist after scaling and root planing.
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