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What Is Scaling and Root Planing?¿Qu© son el detartraje y el alisado radicular?

What Is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing is a special type of cleaning done by a dental professional (general dentist, dental hygienist, or periodontist). This cleaning removes plaque and tartar from beneath the gums. It helps restore health to your gums and teeth.

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Your Evaluation

Your dentist looks at your gums for color changes, bleeding, swelling, and recession. Your teeth are checked for looseness and sensitivity. Full mouth x-rays show if there is bone loss around your teeth.

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The Procedure

Scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar from below your gum line. This controls the growth of harmful bacteria. It also helps gums reattach firmly to the teeth. Because this procedure goes deeper than a regular cleaning, your mouth may be numbed. The cleaning may take 1 to 4 or more visits to complete.

After Your Procedure

Your mouth may feel sore and tender after treatment. Keep brushing and flossing your teeth after each meal. Your dentist may tell you to rinse with warm saltwater every few hours. Pain medication may be suggested if you need it. Ask your dentist if you should use an antibacterial rinse.

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Date Last Reviewed: 2005-06-01T00:00:00-06:00

Date Last Modified: 2001-12-01T00:00:00-07:00

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Early interceptive orthodontic care is actually preventive care. Our intention is to prevent crooked teeth and a bad bite from developing.

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Orthodontic teeth straightening technology has improved dramatically in recent years and you don’t have to wear unattractive metal braces in order to straighten your smile.

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Even if you are in your 50s, 60s or older, it’s not too late to straighten your teeth and give yourself the smile you’ve always dreamed about.

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Invisalign uses clear aligners that fit snugly over teeth and slowly move the teeth into their correct positions, just like braces.