Root Scaling and Planing in Phoenix, AZ

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At Smile Dental Studio in Phoenix, we understand the importance of maintaining healthy gums and teeth. One of the key treatments we offer to combat the harmful effects of gum disease is root scaling and planing in Phoenix.

Root Scaling and Planing

Patients with gum disease can benefit from root scaling and planing. This treatment is a key part of restoring healthy gums and teeth. Root scaling and planing treatments can combat the harmful effects of gum disease and keep your mouth healthy.
Root scaling is a periodontal treatment that deep cleans the gums. This treatment is more extensive than the routine cleaning during a regular dental check-up. We will remove all plaque, bacterial toxins, and tartar deposits from the teeth and root surfaces during the procedure. A dental scaler or ultrasonic instrument can also assist in clearing the bacterial buildup. For even deeper cleaning, patients can also have a root planing treatment. During root planing, we will clean under the gum line to remove plaque and tartar. The root surface of the gums is smoothed and treated to keep gum disease from progressing.
Root scaling and root planing treatments are available at Smile Dental Studio in Phoenix and the surrounding area.Our team can help improve your oral health.

Benefits of Root Scaling Treatment

Tooth extraction is generally a safe procedure. Additionally, our team will not recommend a treatment unless the benefits outweigh the risks. However, it is still important to be aware of potential complications.

Helps Prevent Further Gum Disease

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Fewer Gum Problems and Cavities

With thorough cleaning provided by root scaling and planing, you'll experience fewer gum problems and cavities. This preventative approach helps maintain the health of your teeth and gums, reducing the risk of future dental issues.

Gums Will Not Bleed While Flossing or Brushing

One noticeable benefit of root scaling and planing is the reduction or elimination of bleeding gums while flossing or brushing. This is a positive sign that the treatment is effectively addressing the underlying issues contributing to gum bleeding.

Enhanced Aesthetic Appearance

Beyond health benefits, root scaling and planing can enhance the aesthetic appearance of your smile. By addressing issues related to gum disease, these treatments contribute to healthier-looking gums and an overall improved smile.


Root scaling and planing can significantly contribute to fresher breath. By eliminating the bacteria and toxins that cause bad breath, these treatments leave your mouth feeling clean and refreshed.


A Breakdown of the Procedure

Depending on the severity of the situation, root scaling and planing treatments may be broken up into multiple appointments.


Focus on Certain Parts

We may focus on certain parts of the mouth during each appointment instead of treating the entire area in one visit.


Scrape Plaque

We will scrape plaque deposits from the teeth and in the large pockets between the gums during root scaling.


Root scaling

We will smooth out the roots deep within the gum line, clearing off tartar build-up and bacteria. 


Remove Residue

At the end of the procedure, the gums and mouth are flushed with water to remove any remaining loose residue or bacteria.

Treatment Aftercare

Gum sensitivity is normal during the first few days after this deep cleaning treatment. The gums may be tender, swollen, and even bleed. We recommend that patients gently brush their teeth and use wax-coated floss. They should also periodically rinse their mouth with warm salt water or an oral rinse to prevent infection.

A follow-up appointment is necessary so that we can check for gum improvement. If the gums are firm and pink again and the pockets are smaller, patients may not need further treatment. People can then schedule regular dental check-ups to maintain gum and oral health.

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FAQs About Root Scaling and Planing

  • Will root scaling or planing loosen teeth?

    While the treatment tool will clean under the gum line, the procedure will not impact the teeth’s position. The teeth will not loosen after treatment. However, ignoring gum health and not removing plaque can adversely impact gum health and lead to issues, such as gingivitis and loose teeth.

  • What is the dental plaque that is removed during root planing?

    Dental plaque is the film that coats the teeth and gums that consists of saliva and bacteria. Brushing and flossing may remove some of the plaque, but plaque can also harden and turn into tartar. Routine cleanings are necessary to remove tartar buildup.

  • How long does root scaling take?

    Root scaling and planing are typically spread out over multiple appointments. The provider may determine which parts of the mouth will be treated during each appointment. Often, root scaling and planing can occur in a single one or two-hour appointment.

  • What are the types of dental tools used during root scaling?

    Some providers use a mirror and a scaler to scrape off the tartar by hand. In other cases, the providers may opt for a more convenient ultrasonic tool to remove the tartar. The ultrasonic instrument also uses water to help make tartar removal easier.

  • What can I eat after root scaling or planing?

    Patients should wait about two hours to eat after the procedure. We recommend sticking with soft, mild foods for a few days after treatment. Patients should avoid crunchy or hard foods and anything spicy. This can help prevent further irritation or discomfort in the gums and teeth.

Why Choose Smile Dental Studio for Your Root Scaling and Planing in Phoenix?

Discover the reasons why Smile Dental Studio is your ideal choice for root scaling and planing in Phoenix:

High Expertise

Smile Dental Studio boasts a team of highly skilled professionals dedicated to your oral health. Our expertise ensures top-notch care for your gums and teeth.

Advanced Technology

Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, we employ the latest dental technology to enhance the precision and effectiveness of our root scaling and planing procedures.

Patient-Focused Approach

At Smile Dental Studio, we prioritize you. Our patient-focused approach means personalized and compassionate dental services tailored to meet your individual needs.

Commitment to Excellence

We are committed to excellence in every aspect of your dental care. Trust Smile Dental Studio as your reliable partner in achieving and maintaining optimal oral health in Phoenix.

Request Your Appointment Today

Are you ready to restore health to your gums and teeth with root scaling and planing in Phoenix? Schedule your appointment with Smile Dental Studio today. Call us at 602-789-1131. You can also head over to our contact page for more information. If you’re planning a visit to our dental clinic in Phoenix, please check our driving direction below. Our experienced team is here to provide the personalized care you need for optimal oral health. Don't wait – take the first step towards a healthier smile.