dental hygienist performing root planing on a patient in Red Deer at our dental clinic

Root Planing: What to Expect and How it Helps

Root planing is a procedure that removes rough spots from the roots of your teeth where bacteria can get trapped. Here’s what you should know about this procedure at our Red Deer dental clinic!


When is it necessary?

Root planing is a procedure to treat gum disease. A buildup of plaque and tartar can inflame the gums and cause them to pull away from the teeth. This creates pockets where bacteria can accumulate on the roots of the teeth and out of the reach of a toothbrush and regular dental cleaning tools. At this point, root planing is needed to remove the infection.


How is planing different from scaling?

Dental scaling is a different cleaning procedure often done with root planing. It involves manually scraping off plaque and tartar from the tooth structure above the roots of the teeth. Scaling is routinely used during regular dental cleanings and helps preserve the gums and bone around your teeth.


What should you expect from the procedure?

To treat infected gums, both dental scaling and root planing will be necessary. The procedure will take one or more appointments to complete depending on the severity of your condition. While the procedure causes minimal discomfort, your dentist may numb the area using a local anesthetic. Sedation is also an option that you can discuss with your dentist.

Your dental hygienist will begin by removing plaque and tartar from the surface of your affected teeth. Once the gum pockets have been cleaned out, they will proceed with the root planing to smooth out rough patches on the roots of your teeth.

Following the procedure, your gums will likely be tender for a few days and you may experience tooth sensitivity. At a follow-up appointment, your dentist will assess whether the gum inflammation is getting better or if further treatment is needed.


What are the benefits?

Removing rough spots along the roots of your teeth helps the gums reattach to the teeth. This shrinks the pockets in the gums where bacteria can get trapped, thereby reducing the risk of recurring gum disease. In addition to restoring gum health, root planing and dental scaling can help prevent tooth loss and jawbone damage associated with severe gum disease.


Call to Schedule a Visit Your Dentist in Red Deer

If you’re seeking treatment to avoid or treat gum disease, the dedicated team at Parkland Mall Dental Centre is ready to help! Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a dentist at our Red Deer clinic or call 403-342-1118. We’re also proud to serve new and returning Alberta patients from Blackfalds, Delburne, Lacombe and surrounding communities.