Keep Your Gums
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and Root Planing

Keep Your Gums Healthy With Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing in Newmarket

A trip to the dentist doesn’t have to be painful or uncomfortable. Teeth cleanings work wonders at helping patients feel refreshed in our dental oasis while also producing healthier and brighter teeth. Sometimes, you may want a deeper cleaning—or we may suggest it. Let us help you feel at ease in our Newmarket dental practice!

What is it, and do I need it?

Scaling and root planing in Newmarket is a non-surgical procedure that helps prevent and treat gum disease. Professional dental hygiene cleanings work to remove buildup that can occur under your gums, even with daily brushing and flossing, to reduce redness, bleed and inflammation caused by the living bacteria in plaque and tartar.

In simpler terms, scaling and root planing is a deeper dental cleaning. Regular visits to your Newmarket dentist for teeth cleaning provide an additional level of preventative care on top of brushing and flossing at home, which helps to keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

When is it needed? Risks of not getting it done

Without regular hygiene appointments, periodontal disease can develop—starting with gingivitis or red, inflamed and bleeding gums. This can progress into periodontitis, which is the loss of bone from bacteria eating away at your teeth’ supporting structures underneath your gums. Over time this can also lead to bad breath, poor function and mobility of your teeth and mouth, as well as the eventual loss of your teeth. 

Research has demonstrated that inflammation may be responsible for the association between periodontal disease and the development of several other disorders in the body. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal disease but also other chronic inflammatory conditions.

How is it done?

Our dental hygienists at Oasispark Dental work to remove the plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth at every cleaning appointment. However, a periodontal cleaning of scaling and root planing means your Newmarket dentist will especially target plaque trapped in the area underneath your gums, along the root of your tooth.

This procedure generally takes more time than a typical cleaning, so we may schedule extra time or clean only a quarter or a half of your mouth at a time. We may use either a manual scraping instrument or an ultrasonic tool, i.e. a tiny vibrating wand that breaks up the plaque. We may use a local anesthetic during the procedure to “numb” the area for added comfort.

Bacteria live in plaque and feed on the sugars you eat and drink, releasing toxins that cause gingivitis (i.e. infected, red, swollen and bleeding gums). This can eventually lead to gum disease if plaque is not removed from your teeth, causing your gums to start peeling away from your teeth, leaving pockets or spaces for tartar and bacteria to get caught in. 

If you already have gum disease, this plaque buildup has already developed underneath the gum tissue and along the root of your tooth. This makes it nearly impossible to access and remove bacteria with a regular toothbrush. Contact our team at Oasispark Dental to schedule an appointment for scaling and root planing near you.

Scaling and Root Planing FAQ

Is scaling and root planing painful?

Scaling and root planing in Newmarket can cause some discomfort, but most patients find it manageable. The level of pain varies depending on the extent of gum disease and personal pain tolerance. To minimize discomfort, your dentist may use local anesthesia to numb the area being treated. After the procedure, you might experience some sensitivity and soreness, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and following your dentist’s aftercare instructions.

Does scaling and root planing work?

Yes, scaling and root planing is an effective treatment for periodontal disease. This deep cleaning procedure removes plaque and tartar from below the gumline and smooths the root surfaces, helping to eliminate bacteria and promote gum reattachment. Scaling and root planing in Newmarket can significantly reduce inflammation, bleeding, and the progression of gum disease, improving overall oral health and preventing tooth loss.

How many times do you need scaling and root planing?

The frequency of scaling and root planing depends on the severity of your periodontal disease and your oral health maintenance. Typically, the procedure is performed as a one-time treatment followed by regular dental cleanings every three to four months to maintain the health of your gums. In cases of severe gum disease, additional scaling and root planing sessions may be necessary to achieve optimal results. Your Newmarket dentist will develop a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs.

Can I brush my teeth after scaling?

Yes, you can brush your teeth after scaling and root planing, but it’s important to do so gently. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle, circular motions to avoid irritating the treated areas. Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial to prevent the recurrence of gum disease. Your dentist may also recommend an antibacterial mouthwash to help keep the area clean and reduce the risk of infection.

Can I eat after scaling?

Yes, you can eat after scaling and root planing, but it’s advisable to wait until the numbness from the local anesthesia wears off to avoid biting your tongue or cheek. After the procedure, stick to soft foods and avoid hot, spicy, or acidic foods that can irritate your gums. Drinking plenty of water and following a balanced diet will aid in the healing process and support overall oral health.


Scaling and root planing in Newmarket is an effective treatment for periodontal disease that can cause some discomfort but is generally well-tolerated with local anesthesia. The procedure works by removing plaque and tartar from below the gumline and smoothing the root surfaces, which helps to eliminate bacteria and promote gum reattachment. The frequency of scaling and root planing depends on the severity of gum disease and individual oral health needs. After the procedure, it’s important to brush your teeth gently and maintain good oral hygiene. You can eat after the anesthesia wears off, but it’s best to stick to soft foods and avoid anything that may irritate your gums. If you have any questions or concerns about scaling and root planing, your Newmarket dentist can provide personalized guidance and recommendations based on your specific situation.

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