The facts about scaling and root planing

You may have heard about scaling and root planing, but you’re not quite sure what it is or what to expect. You’re not sure if you need it or scaling and root planinghow you could benefit from it. Dr. David Citek in Houston, Texas wants you to know that scaling and root planing is a valuable, beneficial treatment for your gums.

Your gums and the bone supporting your teeth are like the foundations of a house. You need a strong foundation upon which to build that house. The same is true of your mouth, you need the foundation (your gums and bone) to be strong. That’s where scaling and root planing come in. These procedures help keep your gums and bone strong and disease-free.

Disease in your mouth starts when plaque and toxins accumulate and inflame your gums. A hard substance called calculus (tartar) will also start clinging to your teeth both above and below the gumline. When you have a scaling appointment, Dr. Citek and his hygienist will remove the plaque, toxins and calculus and teach you how to keep your teeth free of disease by brushing and flossing.

If plaque, toxins and calculus are allowed to accumulate over a period of time, you can start to lose soft tissue and bone support around your teeth. When there is a loss of tooth attachment, you now have periodontal or gum disease. Periodontal disease can look like bleeding gums, but underneath your gums, bone is being destroyed by harmful bacteria. Root planing is the treatment of choice to halt the effects of gum disease.

During a scaling appointment, Dr. Citek and his hygienist will use metal hand instruments and ultrasonic cleaning devices to remove the plaque, bacterial toxins and calculus, both above and below the gumline. Typically the entire mouth is completely cleaned in one visit.

Root planing typically utilizes ultrasonic and hand instruments with longer blades, to get down to the area of attachment loss, called a periodontal pocket. The goal is to literally “plane” the root surface smooth, freeing it of soft and hard deposits and bacteria. Because root planing is more specialized, generally it requires 2 to 4 appointments to completely clean an entire mouth.

Dr. Citek and his team can protect the foundation of your mouth through regular cleaning appointments and examinations. If you have advanced into periodontal disease, don’t despair! Dr. Citek and his skilled dental professionals can help bring your mouth back to a healthy state through supportive periodontal therapy. So call Dr. David Citek in Houston, Texas and find out more about protecting your dental foundation through scaling and root planing. Call today!


Houston, TX Family & Cosmetic Dentist
Lee Bui, DDS
10126 Thermon Street
Houston, TX 77075
(713) 943-2506