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What Is a Root Planing?

What Is a Root Planing?

Posted by One Health Dental on May 3 2022, 07:23 AM

What Is a Root Planing?

Root planing treatments are a type of deep cleaning that specifically targets the areas below the gum line where bacteria and plaque can build up and cause gum disease. If our dentist in Dallas recommends this treatment, it is typically performed during your regular dental checkup.

Types of Root Planing Treatments

Root planing is a procedure to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from your teeth and gums, which regular brushing and flossing may not be able to do.

Root planing treatments are typically used if a patient has severe tooth decay around the roots of their teeth or if the patient has gum disease or gingivitis.

Does insurance cover Root Planing?

Root planing is typically covered by dental insurance. It would be better to talk to your dentist for more information.

Are Root Planing Treatments Painful?

Root planing can be uncomfortable for some patients, while others may not feel any pain at all. There are many reasons for this, including how severe a patient’s gum disease is. For example, a patient with gingivitis may experience more discomfort during a root planing treatment than someone with more advanced gum disease.

Are Root Planing Treatments Effective?

Most patients find root planing treatments to be very effective. Our dentist in Dallas will be able to remove plaque and tartar buildup both above and below the gum line. This can help restore the health of your mouth before gum disease has a chance to develop.

Patients may also notice an improvement in their breath after root planing treatments. This is because the bacteria that causes bad breath is removed.

What is Ultrasonic Root Planing?

Ultrasonic root planing is a gentle, conservative method of root planing used to remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line. In the past, your dentist may have used a metal instrument to scrape away at plaque and tartar (calculus), creating a small wound that your body would heal. Ultrasonic root planing uses sound waves to remove the tartar, resulting in a more comfortable procedure.

Our dentist in Dallas, TX, will only use ultrasonic root planing to remove tartar from your teeth. It will not remove tooth decay and is not used for deep scaling. Your dentist may recommend additional treatments to deep clean your teeth.

If you want to know more about root planing, visit our Dallas dentist at One Health Dental, located at 4801 S Buckner Blvd Suite 800, Dallas, TX 75227, or book your consultation today by calling us at (214) 275-4808.

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