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Scaling and planing sounds less than ideal right? If you aren’t sure what to expect during your appointment, then we have some good news for you. Today our team is going to give you all the information you need on what you can expect for your scaling and planing appointment and how you can care for your gums afterwards to prevent them from becoming infected.

When you first arrive for your appointment, your dentist or dental hygienist will apply a local anesthetic to your gums and teeth. This allows the area to become numb so you aren’t able to feel any pain during the procedure. After your dentist evaluates your mouth, they will begin scaling your teeth. This process involves using an ultrasonic scaling device to eliminate plaque bacteria with sonic vibrations.

After they complete the scaling procedure, your dentist will then begin root planing. This procedure involves a more detailed scaling of the root surface, which resides underneath the gumline, to reduce inflammation of the gum tissue. Your dentist will scale the root surface to smooth out any affected areas to eliminate plaque and biofilm development.

Once the treatment is over, your dentist will want to follow up with you on a regular basis to ensure the area is staying clean and healing correctly. At home you can prevent infection and maintain the health of your gums and teeth by practicing good oral hygiene. Consider brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash daily.

Don’t let your mouth suffer another minute! If you have questions or concerns about your teeth, please give our office a call today at 949-366-1177!