Scaling and Root Planing is a non-surgical procedure performed under local anesthesia preferable lidocaine for the removal of plaque and dental calculus that can’t be removed by normal brushing.
An untreated plaque when hardens is converted to a severe form called calculus. It is also called tartar.
Scaling and Root Planing
It is usually done with ultrasonic scalers rather and hand instruments. These instruments have dull tip and curvature comes in line with the tooth structure and water irrigation system prevents the scalers from becoming hot.
In modern dentistry, preferably ultrasonic scalers are used due to their fast performance efficiency and also the time required is very less as compared to manual instruments.
Generally Scaling and root planing is a single sitting procedure but depending upon the content of plaque and calculus, it may require multiple visits.
Who performs scaling and root planing
It is usually done by dental hygienists under the guidance of periodontists but if severe, the whole case can be taken up by periodontists.
Precautions after scaling and root planing
This information has been compiled for your benefit by Dr. Dhiraj Sharma, DDS, so that you can plan your dental health with us at American Dental Associates, Ltd.
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