Benefits of Root Scaling Treatment

Tooth extraction is generally a safe procedure. Additionally, our team will not recommend a treatment unless the benefits outweigh the risks. However, it is still important to be aware of potential complications.

Helps Prevent Further Gum Disease

Fewer Gum Problems and Cavities

Gums Will Not Bleed While Flossing or Brushing

woman smiling showing her gums


Tooth Root Scaling and Planing

Patients with gum disease can benefit from root scaling and planing. This treatment is a key part of restoring healthy gums and teeth. Root scaling and planing treatments can combat the harmful effects of gum disease and keep your mouth healthy.
Root scaling is a periodontal treatment that deep cleans the gums. This treatment is more extensive than the routine cleaning during a regular dental check-up. We will remove all plaque, bacterial toxins, and tartar deposits from the teeth and root surfaces during the procedure. A dental scaler or ultrasonic instrument can also assist in clearing the bacterial buildup. For even deeper cleaning, patients can also have a root planing treatment. During root planing, we will clean under the gum line to remove plaque and tartar. The root surface of the gums is smoothed and treated to keep gum disease from progressing.
Root scaling and root planing treatments are available at Apple Tree Dental Studio in Avondale and the surrounding area. Our team can help improve your oral health.


A Breakdown of the Procedure

Depending on the severity of the situation, root scaling and planing treatments may be broken up into multiple appointments.


Focus on Certain Parts

We may focus on certain parts of the mouth during each appointment instead of treating the entire area in one visit.


Scrape Plaque

We will scrape plaque deposits from the teeth and in the large pockets between the gums during root scaling.


Root scaling

We will smooth out the roots deep within the gum line, clearing off tartar build-up and bacteria. 


Remove Residue

At the end of the procedure, the gums and mouth are flushed with water to remove any remaining loose residue or bacteria.

Treatment Aftercare

Gum sensitivity is normal during the first few days after this deep cleaning treatment. The gums may be tender, swollen, and even bleed. We recommend that patients gently brush their teeth and use wax-coated floss. They should also periodically rinse their mouth with warm salt water or an oral rinse to prevent infection.

A follow-up appointment is necessary so that we can check for gum improvement. If the gums are firm and pink again and the pockets are smaller, patients may not need further treatment. People can then schedule regular dental check-ups to maintain gum and oral health.

closeup to a dentist cleaning a woman's teeth


FAQ's About Root Scaling and Planing

  • Will root scaling or planing loosen teeth?

    While the treatment tool will clean under the gum line, the procedure will not impact the teeth’s position. The teeth will not loosen after treatment. However, ignoring gum health and not removing plaque can adversely impact gum health and lead to issues, such as gingivitis and loose teeth.

  • What is the dental plaque that is removed during root planing?

    Dental plaque is the film that coats the teeth and gums that consists of saliva and bacteria. Brushing and flossing may remove some of the plaque, but plaque can also harden and turn into tartar. Routine cleanings are necessary to remove tartar buildup.

  • How long does root scaling take?

    Root scaling and planing are typically spread out over multiple appointments. The provider may determine which parts of the mouth will be treated during each appointment. Often, root scaling and planing can occur in a single one or two-hour appointment.

  • What are the types of dental tools used during root scaling?

    Some providers use a mirror and a scaler to scrape off the tartar by hand. In other cases, the providers may opt for a more convenient ultrasonic tool to remove the tartar. The ultrasonic instrument also uses water to help make tartar removal easier.

  • What can I eat after root scaling or planing?

    Patients should wait about two hours to eat after the procedure. We recommend sticking with soft, mild foods for a few days after treatment. Patients should avoid crunchy or hard foods and anything spicy. This can help prevent further irritation or discomfort in the gums and teeth.