Remove tartar and plaque that has built up below your gum line
As plaque builds up in your mouth, it mineralizes to become tartar. The longer this build up occurs, the more the tartar can invade below your gum line. Tartar will cause your gums to detach from your bone creating deeper periodontal pockets and allowing greater access for bacteria to burrow further. This is the cycle of periodontal disease. Your gums will become red and inflamed as your immune system tries to fight the bacteria in your periodontal pockets.
Scaling and root planing allows our dental hygienists to remove the tartar and plaque build up from below the gum line. Allowing your gum tissue to heal and reattach to your bone.
What to expect at your scaling and root planing appointment
For your comfort, our staff will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area to be treated. Then your hygienist will use traditional dental scalers as well as ultrasonic scalers to remove the tartar from your teeth, both above and below the gumline. After cleaning your teeth, your hygienist will administer a time released antimicrobial agent called Arestin. This antibiotic is released over the next 21 days after the scaling and root planing to help reduce bacteria as your gums heal. To get the best benefit from Arestin, we do not recommend flossing for 21 days after it has been applied.
Have you had scaling and root planing at our Evanston dentist office? Learn about what to expect after your appointment in our post-appointment notes section.