Say Goodbye To Gum Disease With Root Planing.   

Root planing is a procedure that is advised for our patients who have moderate to severe forms of gum disease. This involves the cleaning of the root surfaces of your teeth with specialised dental instruments.

When Is Root Planing Necessary?

The build-up of plaque and calculus might cause inflammation and recession of the gums, which in turn may lead to the formation of spaces between the gums and the roots of teeth. Subsequently, more plaque and calculus may accumulate within these pockets, leading to gum disease and tooth loss. 

Please note that gum disease may not cause any pain in the early phases of disease, but is easiest to treat when detected early.

Root planing can be done to prevent:

  • Gum bleeding.

  • Gum swelling. 

  • Tooth sensitivity due to receding gum lines. 

  • Bone loss. 

  • Tooth loss due to gum disease. 


Step 1: 

Your dentist will begin by taking diagnostic images (X-ray) to analyse your gums and determine the extent of gum inflammation.

Step 2: 

Periodontal charting will then be done to measure the pockets, or spaces between each tooth and its surrounding gum tissue to determine the overall health of your gums. This is done by inserting a dental probe with measurement markings into this space. This is usually done with minimal discomfort.

Step 3: 

Local anaesthesia is then administered to the region being treated to make sure you are numb so that the procedure will be pain-free, before using a specialised ultrasonic dental instrument to remove any plaque or calculus build up on the roots of teeth.

Step 4: 

The procedure continues with the manual removal of debris on the roots of teeth.

Step 5: 

Finally, pockets created along the gum line are rinsed with antibacterial medication if necessary. You will also be taught how to maintain oral hygiene in order to keep the gums healthy.

Step 6: 

An appointment will be arranged 8-12 weeks after root planing to check how the gums have responded to treatment, and the dentist will advise you if further therapy is needed.

Our pricing

Root Planning

$250/before GST

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

What is the difference between scaling and polishing, versus root planing?

Scaling and polishing of teeth removes plaque, calculus, and debris from the crowns or surfaces of teeth. Root planing includes the removal of such debris from the root surfaces of teeth (below the gum line).

Does root planing hurt?

Depending on the severity of root surface irregularities and depths of periodontal pockets that may exist in the gum line, your dentist may administer local anaesthesia. Please inform your dentist should you experience any undue discomfort.

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The dePacific Dental Group has been established since 2000. We have since been providing our patients with personalised and professional dental experience. We also offer comprehensive, high quality dental services in a safe and comfortable environment.