Deep Dental Cleaning-Scaling
and Root Planing

If Dr. Daniel Adelpour suspects periodontal (gum) disease, he will likely start treating it with a deep dental cleaning, known as scaling and root planing. At BLVD Dental Aesthetics, our West Hollywood dentist incorporates advanced laser periodontal treatment to bring comfort and contemporary care to his patients. 

What is scaling and root planing?

Gum disease is caused by an overgrowth of oral bacteria. Over time, these harmful pathogens destroy the soft tissue and supporting structures around the teeth. One of the first warning signs of gum disease is deepening gum pockets. As gum pockets deepen with plaque and tartar, the gingival tissue gravitates away from the tooth roots. Thus, leading to deep periodontal pockets and potentially exposed tooth roots.

Scaling and root planing is a minimally invasive procedure that starts with scraping away any stubborn plaque and tartar above and below the gum line (scaling) and ends with smoothing out rough spots on the tooth root (planing). After 4 to 6 weeks, the periodontal pockets shrink, and the patient can maintain their smile with brushing and flossing.

Laser dentistry improves scaling and root planing by giving our dentist the ultimate control over the procedure and providing patients with the appropriate levels of periodontal cleaning.

Signs You Might Need Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

Generally, Dr. Adelpour recommends scaling and root planing for patients with deepening gum pockets and chronic periodontal disease. Additional signs of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding gums when brushing
  • Red, painful, swollen gums
  • Shifting teeth and dental alignment
  • Chronic bad breath

Dental Deep Cleaning Procedure Expectations

Depending on how severe and advanced your periodontal disease symptoms are, our deep cleaning dentist can perform scaling and root planing in one or more appointments. Here’s what you can expect from a typical dental deep cleaning session:

  • If you’re experiencing dental sensitivity, Dr. Adelpour can numb the area using our state-of-the-art, single-tooth anesthesia system. Plus, he might suggest conscious sedation methods if you feel anxious or fearful before the procedure.
  • Then, Dr. Adelpour will scale the teeth and uses powerful yet soothing lasers to scrape away any plaque and tartar from the teeth and in any large gum pockets.
  • After removing residual bacteria throughout the mouth, our dentist will conduct the root planing. He will use a specialized tool to smooth out the tooth roots and reattach the gingival tissue to the teeth.
  • Again, depending on severity, Dr. Adelpour might prescribe additional treatments, like antimicrobial mouthwash or antibiotics intended to help you recover swiftly.

Feel Painless Dental Deep Cleaning in Los Angeles, CA

Contact BLVD Dental Aesthetics by calling 310-620-8060 or messaging us online. Dr. Adelpour can thoroughly examine the state of your gums to determine the best course of action.