During a regular cleaning, the plaque and tartar are removed from above the gum line, but if the deep pockets below the gum line aren’t cleaned enough, bacteria will develop and lead to gum disease. If needed, Dr. Mary Swift and Dr. Terrel Myers can deep clean the area of the the tooth’s root below the gum line to prevent gum disease and periodontitis (advanced gum disease) with scaling and root planing (also known as deep cleaning). At Dallas Laser Dentistry, all patients are checked for plaque and tartar build up below and above the gum line during their regular dental exam and cleaning, so preventative action and treatment can be started early.
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"You know they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well let me try NOT to use a thousand words to express my gratitude of the AMAZING job Dr. Mary Swift & her team did for my smile. Where do I start first? First of all when you first come into the office everyone & I mean everyone greets you with the utmost respect & curtesy. When I met Dr. Swift she was so thrilled to be working on my case that she already had some great ideas on how she wanted to execute getting me the best possible smile imaginable.They gave such great care & dedication in making sure my work was done effectively & efficiently that when I broke one of my temporary teeth (eating banana flavored taffy) they got me in right away to make the repairs. Dr. Swift also sent my permanent teeth back to the lab when it wasn't up to her specifications. My temporary smile looked so good that I almost didn't want to trade it in for the permanent but when I DID I couldn't do anything but cry streams of tears down my face because unlike most people I had never shown my teeth to anyone except close friends & family. The level of work that she did was so impeccable that I now can't even stop smiling. It's an extraordinary transformation from who I once was to who I am today. Getting this dental work done has truly changed my life & I will forever be grateful."- L.F. / Yelp / Jan 10, 2018
"Straightforward & fast working. Easily can got an appointment. Felt very comfortable & when you get inside the office & sit on the dental chair you feel at ease. Will be back for my crown in 2 weeks. I never dread or think of pain when I visit a dentist after my consult & procedure with Dr. Swift. Excellent service"- V.P. / ZocDoc / Jan 03, 2018
Scaling and root planing is recommended for any patient who has an excessive build up of tartar and plaque below the gum line. The earlier the problem is caught and treated, the less likely it is that the patient will develop chronic gum disease or have bone and tooth loss. Patients who regularly brush and floss their teeth are less likely to need scaling and root planing.
What to Expect
Scaling is performed first to remove the plaque and tartar on the tooth that is below the gum line. Then root planing smoothes the gum line and tooth root to promote proper healing of the gums. Since the treatment may need to reach deep below the gum lines, Dallas Laser Dentistry usually uses a local anesthetic or another form of sedation for the patient’s comfort. After scaling and root planing, patients should expect to have swollen, tender, and bleeding gums as well as tooth sensitivity for 2 - 7 days.
Plan Your Procedure
Scaling & Planing FAQs
Dr. Swift or Dr. Myers may prescribe an antibiotic pill or mouth rinse to prevent an infection as your gums heal. After scaling and root planing, patients need to be extra vigilant about brushing their teeth twice a day, flossing, eating healthy foods, avoiding tobacco, and coming in for regular dental exams. If needed, patients may need multiple scaling and root planing treatments to get all the plaque and tartar as the dentist checks the progress of the gums while healing.
Does It Hurt?
During scaling and root planning, Dr. Swift and Dr. Myers use some form of anesthetic or sedation to prevent pain and discomfort to the patient. While many patients will only need a local anesthetic, patients who need more extensive work or who have anxiety can be considered for a stronger form of anesthetic or sedation. Over the counter pain medication can be used for any discomfort during your recovery.
Length of Treatment?
The length of your scaling and root planing will depend on the extent of the problem and your level of tolerance for the procedure. If needed, 2 - 4 appointments may be used if the patient wants shorter appointments that focus on 1 quadrant of the mouth at a time. Patients may also need multiple appointments to allow the dentist perform an initial scaling and root planing treatment before a deeper treatment is done on more extensive plaque and tartar.