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Root Planning

Gum disease is very common but it is not something you have to live with. There are many treatments for this issue and one of the solutions is root planing.

What is Root Planing?

Root planing is a deep cleaning treatment that dentists use to treat gum disease. The cleaning takes place below the gum line. After the cleaning, the teeth will be smoothed so the teeth and gums can reattach. A root planing involves your teeth being cleaned and your roots being cleaned to. The roots of the infected gums will be scraped, cleaned, planed and disinfected. It sounds like a big procedure but it is quite simple and seems worse than it is. You can talk to your dentist about anaesthesia to.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease is caused by bacteria. The bacteria is sticky and creates a film over the teeth which is called plaque. Everyone gets plaque as it is always developing on the teeth. That is why it is important to brush your teeth properly to stop the build-up. If not cleaned properly the plaque causes inflammation of the gums. Inflamed gums will come away from the teeth and a pocket or a space will be created. Plaque can then get trapped in the pocket as normal brushing can’t reach it. If this bacteria is left then it could become severe and result in tooth and bone loss. If the gum disease has created deep pockets then a regular clean won’t do the job and root planing will be needed.

It isn’t just your gums that can be affected by the infection. It can cause infections in the blood and more. So, it is very important to get gum disease under control.

The Procedure

The first step of this treatment is to remove hardened plaque (tartar) and plaque from the gum line both above and below. The procedure will clean out all the pocket from top to bottom. Then the root planing will take place which is a procedure that smooths the teeth so your gums can reattach. It can take more than one visit.

After Care

After the clean you may experience tooth sensitivity for around a week. Your gums may also be sore for around two days and you may experience swollen gums that may bleed. Your dentist can also prescribe you with a mouth rinse to stop any infection from occurring. Another appointment will be made so the dentist can check if your gums are healing properly.

To avoid the gum disease returning you must maintain good hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss.

At Painfree Dentistry we offer this treatment to our patients with gum disease. We will support you from the first appointment right on through to the end of the treatment. Our team will give you guidance on how to combat gum disease and how to make sure it never returns. We can offer:

  • The best care
  • The latest treatments
  • Affordable prices
  • Efficient and Successful treatments
  • Treatments to ensure you have healthy teeth and gums

Contact the team today to book a consultation, to discuss any concerns and more. We are here to help.


77 Marion St, Harris Park


(02) 9635 5166