What is scaling and root planing?

Scaling is one of the restorative treatments that a qualified dentist can use to aid healing from gum disease. Gum disease a common condition that can vary in severity from patient to patient. It occurs from when plaque is allowed to fester and hardened (turning into hard calculus) around the gum line and the root of the tooth. This is typically brought about by poor hygiene upkeep, so a deep clean is often necessary to begin healing.

Specifically, scaling allows the dentist to remove the plaque and tartar from under the gum lining, which cannot be reached with your everyday toothbrush. An additional measure, called root planing, can also be used to reach much deep around the tooth root. This may be used depending on how each patients’ circumstances differ. For example, a patient with deeper reach plaque build will likely be advised to have root planing at the same time as scaling.

Why would I need it?

Scaling and root planing may be particularly useful if your gums have become inflamed as a result of gum disease. Inflamed gums are more likely to allow plaque to build up under the gum lining and around the root of the tooth – which is where scaling and root planing can be used.

By giving the parts of the teeth under the gumline a thorough cleaning, it allows the gum to heal nicely to back to their original state. This cannot be achieved at home, as the practitioner will have the speciality training and the correct equipment to administer the treatment. Furthermore, having a deep root planing treatment administer will encourage the gums to regrow back onto the tooth which is very important for avoiding plaque re-entering the area.

Is it painful?

The procedure itself can be slightly invasive, but your dentist will use an anaesthetic agent to numb the area undergoing treatment. This means it isn’t usually painful for the patient. You may still feel movement which can make people feel slightly uncomfortable. If you are experiencing pain during the procedure, you will be advised to make your dentist aware of this immediately.


You will be adsied to take it easy. Due to treatment being quite invasive on the gums, they may become swollen, feel tender, and bleed after treatment, so pain for a day or two will be expected. This should settle to just sensitivity for around a week.

Medications can also be prescribed if your dentist feels it is necessary (either pills or a mouth rinse). Medicine may also be put into the sockets that have been treated. A follow-up appointment will be necessary to see how the gums have started to heal. It is important this is monitored closely in case more treatment is needed.

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0% APR for 12 months or 9.9% APR for 24 and 36 months. Using the calculator you can approximate the total monthly cost of your treatment. You can apply over the phone by ringing the clinic that you wish to attend.

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  • Who can benefit?

    Just about anyone over the age of 18. You don’t have to belong to a private dental plan. You don’t even have to be a regular visitor at this practice.

  • What can I use it for?

    You can use the loan to pay for most dental work, but it’s particularly suited to more costly private treatments, such as dental implants, orthodontic, aesthetic or cosmetic work. If you’re not sure whether it’s right for your treatment, please ask your dentist.

  • How much can I borrow?

    Typically between £500 and £25,000 depending on the course of the treatment. This will be subject to ‘on-the-spot’ credit check. Most patients’ applications are approved there and then, so you can go ahead and schedule treatment immediately.

  • How do I repay the loan?

    Much like any other loan, you repay it in affordable monthly payments over an agreed term. These payments are collected by Direct Debit.

  • How much will I pay?

    You pay the cost of your treatment – no more and no less. Interest-free means just that!

  • What are the repayment terms?

    Your dentist will be able to go through the various terms with you and agree the most suitable repayment period.

  • How do I apply?

    Once you’ve agreed on a course of treatment – and a cost – with your dentist, we’ll make the credit application on your behalf. As soon as the credit check is complete and the loan process, you’ll receive written confirmation from the credit provider Simpler as that!

  • Who is the credit provider?

    We’re working with one of the most respected credit providers in the business. Ask your dentist for details.

  • How often can I use the facility?

    You can apply for an interest-free loan for each course of treatment, subject to the usual credit check.

  • The benefits: at a glance

    For anyone considering using our interest-free loan facility to fund their private dental treatment, the benefits are clear.

    You get the treatment you want – treatment that will make you look and feel a million times better.
    You get to spread the cost of that treatment over a period that suits you.

    Because it’s interest-free, our 0% loan can be a much more affordable alternative to credit cards or bank loans. It’s easy to apply and simple to repay by Direct Debit.

    To discuss the benefits in more detail, speak to your dentist or one of the practice staff.

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