Scaling & Root Planing


Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is a specialized dental procedure performed by our skilled dental professionals. It involves the thorough cleaning of the tooth surfaces, both above and below the gumline. The scaling process eliminates plaque and tartar deposits, while root planing smooths the rough surfaces of the tooth roots to remove bacteria and promote gum reattachment.


During the scaling and root planing procedure, our dental team will carefully assess the condition of your gums and measure the depth of the periodontal pockets. Local anesthesia may be administered to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Using specialized instruments, we will meticulously remove the plaque, tartar and bacteria from the tooth surfaces and root surfaces. The root surfaces are then smoothed to discourage the accumulation of harmful bacteria. In some cases, antibiotic treatment may be recommended to control infection and aid in healing.


  • Halts the Progression of Gum Disease: Scaling and root planing removes the source of infection, helping to prevent further damage and progression of gum disease.
  • Reduces Gum Inflammation: By eliminating plaque and tartar, this gum disease treatment reduces gum inflammation, promoting healthier gums.
  • Improved Oral Health: This procedure helps to eliminate bacteria and toxins that contribute to gum disease, reducing the risk of tooth loss and preserving oral health.
  • Fresher Breath: Removing bacteria and toxins from the mouth can lead to improved breath freshness.
  • Enhanced Comfort: Scaling and root planing can alleviate discomfort caused by gum disease, allowing you to enjoy a more comfortable oral environment.

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Scaling & Root Planing FAQs - Understanding Deep Cleaning

If you’re considering Scaling & Root Planing at NewStar Dental in Fort Lauderdale, FL, it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of this deep cleaning procedure. Scaling & Root Planing is a non-surgical treatment for gum disease that involves the removal of plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and smoothing of the root surfaces. To provide you with comprehensive information, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about Scaling & Root Planing. Explore these FAQs to learn about the procedure, its benefits, and what to expect during your visit.

Why might I need Scaling & Root Planing?

Scaling & Root Planing is typically recommended for patients with gum disease, including gingivitis and early-stage periodontitis. It helps remove bacterial buildup, control infection, and prevent gum disease progression.

Is Scaling & Root Planing painful?

Scaling & Root Planing is typically performed under local anesthesia, ensuring that you don’t feel pain during the procedure. You may experience some discomfort after the treatment, but it can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

How long does it take to recover from Scaling & Root Planing?

Recovery times can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and individual factors. Most patients can return to their normal activities within a few days to a week. Your dentist will provide specific post-operative instructions.

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