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Scaling and Root Planing: When Are They Necessary & What to Expect

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BY Proscia Dental

The spread of bacteria and the buildup of plaque on the mouth can lead to a lot of trouble, especially if not removed. Some of the complications this accumulation can cause are tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. 

Plaque, the film often develops on the teeth and along the gumline, is one of the leading causes of cavities and gum problems. Although regular brushing of teeth can help reduce or remove plaque and bacteria, these can inevitably form on the areas where toothbrush bristles cannot reach. That said, the observance of proper oral hygiene and dental visits are crucial.

At Proscia Dental, we offer Scaling and Root Planing in Bonita Springs, Florida, to help with the removal of plaque and bacteria in the mouth. Through this treatment, the risk of getting cavities, gum disease, and other oral complications decreases. Plus, scaling and root planing is also performed for the treatment of the initial stage of gum disease (gingivitis).

When are scaling and root planing necessary?

Healthy gums should attach perfectly around each tooth. Usually, the dentist will use a dental instrument called a periodontal probe to see if a pocket has formed in between the gums and teeth. Usually, a healthy pocket measures no more than 3 millimeters. If the pockets measure more than 5 millimeters, the dentist will recommend the patient for scaling and root planing to treat the presence of gum disease.

What to expect after scaling and root planing?

  • A follow-up appointment is needed to ensure the healing and status of the affected area.
  • The mouth will feel sore and sensitive.
  • Some patients will experience bleeding and swelling for a few days.
  • The patient should resume proper oral hygiene habits to prevent the reformation of plaque.
  • As the gums heal, its shape may change around the teeth as it tightens and shrinks.


Everyone deserves outstanding dental care services; that’s why we provide Scaling and Root Planing in Bonita Springs, FL. Book your appointment with us at Proscia Dental and let us help you achieve an excellent overall oral health!

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