When you come visit Dr. Miles Mason for your regular checkup, chances are he will instruct their hygienists – or do it themselves – to inspect your teeth and see if they’re in need of scaling and planing.
This is a process employed by dentists to help prevent gum disease – or periodontitis, as it’s formally called – from developing. Not everyone needs scaling and planing, though. Your need for it depends largely on your overall oral health.
What is scaling and planing?
Scaling and root planing, also known as conventional periodontal therapy, is a deep-cleaning process used to remove tartar from the surface of your teeth.
Tartar is simply hardened plaque that’s accumulated along your gum line. However, unlike plaque, you can’t remove tartar at home through a daily oral hygiene routine. It can only be removed at a dental office.
The reason for this is that tartar removal requires the use of tools that could severely harm your gums if you don’t know how to properly use them. A local anesthetic is usually applied as well, since scaling and planing can cause mild discomfort.
Do I need scaling and planing?
You likely only need this procedure if you have chronic periodontitis, or haven’t taken care of your oral health for a significant amount of time. If you think you may need it, call us today at (936) 756-1669 to schedule a consultation appointment.