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Gum Scaling and Root Planing in Southfield, MI

Plaque is a film containing disease-causing bacteria, that if allowed to build on teeth, will eventually work its way between the tooth and gum. When this happens, regular brushing cannot remove it alone. It will continue to grow, ultimately creating deep pockets and destroying gum and bone tissue.

Tooth scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment that can remove plaque build-ups below the gum line. The procedure is similar to the scaling performed during a routine dental visit, only performed in the spaces between your teeth and gum flap.


Does Tooth Scaling and Root Planing Hurt?

While a scaling and planing session is not something you would want to do often, most patients find the procedure only mildly uncomfortable. Of course, the amount of discomfort a person will experience depends on the build-up severity and if severe gum disease has set in. If patients find the procedure to be too uncomfortable, a local anesthetic can be given to numb any pain. 

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What to Expect After a Tooth Scaling and Root Planing Procedure

Most patients experience sensitivity and mild pain for two to seven days after a procedure. Gums may bleed and be remain swollen for several days as well. It is important to remember that this is part of the healing process. A little discomfort now can save you years of pain from advanced periodontal disease.