Scaling and Root Planning in Scottsdale Arizona

About Scaling:

Scaling is a dental procedure that is used to remove plaque, calculus and accumulated debris from the teeth and gingival margins using mechanical scalars or hand held scalars. Scaling is also sometimes referred to as professional dental cleaning and is essential on routinely basis to ensure prevention of periodontal diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis.
Plaque and calculus accumulation due to inadequate oral hygiene is one of the major causes of periodontal diseases development. At times, incorrect brushing techniques prevent access to those areas between teeth where food gets lodged and plaque builds up over time. Scaling cleans the tooth from all directions effectively removing calculus and food debris before they cause irritation of the gums.

Gingivitis is a common periodontal disease whereby gums become swollen, red and prone to bleeding on brushing. There are a Scaling and root planingnumber of factors that contribute to the development of the disease, but the most prominent factor is lack of oral hygiene and calculus buildups interdentally and near the gingival margins. Scaling and proper oral hygiene can resolve the issue, restoring optimal gum health.

Periodontitis is a more progressed, advanced form of gingivitis. It occurs when gingitivits is left untreated for a prolonged duration of time and is characterized by bleeding, pain, reddening and swelling of gums, accompanied by the formation of deep pockets in the gingiva, recession of gums, bad breath and mobility of the teeth. Severe forms of periodontitis are irreversible, but if diagnosed in a timely manner, the disease can be managed with the help of periodontal surgery, root planning, deep curettage and antibiotic therapy.

About Root Planning:

Root planning is performed in patients where calculus or plaque buildup is present below the gingival level can cannot be removed using simple scaling techniques. Root planning ensures effective cleaning of the portion of tooth below the gums and removes infection causing bacteria, calculus and accumulated food debris from the root.


Scaling or professional dental cleaning can either be completed in single sitting or two separate visits depending upon the amount of calculus accumulation present. It can be performed using hand held scaling instruments which work effectively in removing larger chunks of calculus. Mechanical ultra-sonic scaling is used to clean from between teeth and below the level of gums. The procedure is generally painless but local anesthesia can be administered for patients who are sensitive to pain and vibration. Patients may experience slight dental sensitivity following a scaling procedure, but this is normal.
Experts recommend proper cleaning using correct techniques of brushing and flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly to prevent calculus build ups and to maintain optimal oral health.

Jerome Riddle DDS is a name synonymous with the finest, most effective treatments addressing all dental issues. Our outstanding consultation services are aimed at providing patients necessary education regarding dental hygiene and how it can be maintained on daily basis. We recommend scaling every 4 months for excellent results and to keep periodontal diseases at bay. Call us now on (480)991-4410 to book an appointment for the most professional dental cleaning treatments in Phoenix, AZ!