Root Planing Specialist

Kimberly C. Andersen, DDS

General Dentistry located in The Woodlands, TX

Sometimes proper brushing isn’t enough to prevent tartar buildup to safeguard your healthy smile. You may need root planing to deep clean your teeth. Kimberly Andersen, DDS, located in The Woodlands, Texas, offers root planing to remove plaque and tartar and prevent gum disease. Protect your natural smile today by calling or booking a consultation online.

Root Planing

What is root planing?

Root planing is deep cleaning below your gum line. The dental team at Kimberly Andersen, DDS, performs this treatment to prevent a buildup of plaque and tartar that can lead to gum disease. 

The treatment protects your healthy smile, avoiding the progression of gum disease that can lead to bone and tooth loss.

Why do I need root planing?

Root planing safeguards the health of your teeth by helping to stop damage due to gum disease. 

Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth. Without a thorough cleaning to remove plaque, the bacteria flourishes, making your gums inflamed. 

When this happens, your gums pull away from your teeth and create spaces called pockets. Plaque gets trapped in these pockets and hardens into a substance called tartar. This can’t be removed with regular brushing. 

What are the signs of gum disease?

You may notice one or more of these common signs of gum disease:

  • Red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums
  • Receding gums exposing more of your tooth
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Visible pus surrounding your teeth and gums

A professional cleaning at Kimberly Andersen, DDS, can often catch gum disease early before it has damaged the structures below your gum line. 

However, if the pockets between your teeth and gums are too deep, you may need deep cleaning like root planing to remove the plaque completely.

What happens during root planing?

Your deep cleaning occurs in two stages. First, your mouth is numbed and your dentist uses a manual or ultrasonic device to remove all the plaque and tartar above and below your gum line, cleaning deep into the pocket. 

Then, your dentist smooths out your teeth roots. This encourages your gums to reattach to your teeth. 

Does root planing hurt?

You may experience a day or two of slight pain, and your teeth may feel sensitive for up to a week. Your gums may also feel tender, swollen, and may bleed just a bit. 

After your treatment, the team at Kimberly Andersen, DDS, may recommend a particular oral care routine or prescribe a pill or mouth rinse to prevent infection and promote healing. 

To preserve your healthy smile, call Kimberly Andersen, DDS, today, or book a consultation online.