What Is Scaling and Root Planing? Is It Necessary?
To remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria below your gumline, scaling is a deep cleaning that helps prevent tooth and bone loss. After scaling, your dentist will perform root planing, which smoothes roots and allows your gums to reattach to your teeth. Scaling and root planing are performed by your dentist as an outpatient procedure.
Scaling and root planing are necessary to help treat deep pockets between your teeth and gums that develop from gum disease caused by plaque. When gum disease is detected early enough, scaling and planing is typically not necessary, as a regular professional teeth cleaning should be able to treat it.
Is Scaling and Root Planing Painful?
While you may experience some discomfort after your dental treatment, you will not feel pain during this conventional periodontal therapy. A local anesthetic can be used to minimize soreness during treatment if you prefer.
How Much Does Scaling and Root Planing Cost?
The average cost of scaling and root planing is $200 to $300. There are a number of factors that affect the cost, such as the type of treatment you need (preventive or therapeutic), the skill and expertise of your dentist, your geographic location, and whether you have dental insurance. If you have insurance, it may cover a portion or all of your treatment.
Where Should You Go for Scaling and Root Planing in Southern Maryland?
To help prevent or treat chronic periodontal disease affecting your gums, come see the experienced dentists here at the practice of Dr. Joseph T. Luke, DDS, MS.
Contact us today at 301-475-8100 in Leonardtown or 410-326-6466 in Lusby, and let us put a smile on your face with quality, affordable dentistry including periodontal services such as scaling and root planing.