Deep Cleaning (Root Planing) Near You
This first step is to reduce the gingival inflammation and thus allow the supporting bone to partially recover. For an optimal result, oral hygiene must be excellent. This step includes the following:
- Personalized oral hygiene instructions using techniques and tools adapted to your needs.
- Scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) to remove the plaque and tartar buildup which adheres to the root surface below the gum line. This procedure is not a surgery, but rather a very thorough cleaning (compared to the habitual more superficial cleanings). It is done mainly under local anesthesia (freezing) and usually requires 2 to 4 appointments.
Once the freezing has worn off, there is usually no pain. However some patients may experience the following side effects:
- Tooth sensitivity (especially to cold, although temporary, it may last up to 2 months)
- Contraction of the healing gums (as the inflammation decreases). This may create some spaces between certain teeth.
However, the benefits of the treatment significantly outweigh the potential side effects, especially considering that without the treatment, the teeth would be eventually lost.