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Scaling and Root Planing

Tools used for scaling and root planing or deep teeth cleaning in Wellesley and Weston, MA. Deep teeth cleaning Wellesley MA

Deep Teeth Cleaning | Scaling and root planing or deep teeth cleaning helps to prevent and eliminate periodontal disease. It is the first step of gum disease treatment that involves a thorough cleaning to remove plaque and tartar. Scaling and root planing is non-surgical and can be used as a preventative dental care. An examination and consultation is required before performing this procedure. Scaling and root planing treatment depends on the overall gum condition, gum pocket depth, and periodontitis progression.


Teeth with calculus and plaque are treated with an ultrasonic scaling tool. The scaling tool uses an irrigation process of antimicrobial solution to eliminate the buildup. The target areas are usually the gum line and root.

Root Planing

Root planing removes cementum and dentin. The tooth root is smoothed to prevent future bacteria from colonizing.

How can I prevent the need for scaling and root planing?

Preventative dental care like routine dental cleanings and at-home treatments help to avoid buildup. You can use antimicrobial mouthwashes in conjunction with your dental care.

Can I have a deep teeth cleaning?

Patients need a proper examination to determine eligibility. If gum pockets are too deep or the progression of periodontal is severe, other options to correct the issue will be considered.

Why should I consider this procedure?

Scaling and root planing prevents periodontal disease which can cause tooth loss. Also, periodontal disease can affect your overall health. The oral disease is known to cause heart and respiratory diseases. Aside from health reasons, scaling and root planing can be a cosmetic improvement. It reduces bad breath by removing the buildup and can remove stains.

Does scaling and root planing hurt?

Some patients may experience minor discomfort. A local anesthetic can be considered to ease your comfort.

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