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Some of the dental procedures performed by dentists may sound frightening, especially to those who already suffered from dental fear and anxiety. Included in these treatments are scaling and root planing. We at Liberty Lake Smile Source firmly believe that deep cleaning is the best method to treat issues that deteriorate oral health like gum disease for example. Despite its negative reputation to some, the treatment is considered as the most reliable and effective solution to promotes gum healing. To know more about it, we collected some of the most frequently asked questions and answered them:

How important is scaling and root planing?
Scaling and root planing is a deep oral cleaning performed by dental professionals. Those who suffer from gum inflammation caused by gum disease or plaques can benefit from the procedure. Even if one faithfully practices proper oral hygiene, it doesn’t mean that they cannot get gum disease. There are many causes of the said condition, and one of them is genetics.
At Liberty Lake Smile Source, our dentist will first examine the patient’s condition and assess the severity of the inflammation. Scraping is done to the affected tooth to get rid of bacteria and plaque buildup. When these harmful particles are completely eliminated, gum disease will be prevented.
During the scaling and root planing, the dentist will utilize an ultrasonic device that produces sonic vibrations to effectively loosen unwanted debris on the teeth. To ensure that there will be no more stubborn substances left, a manual instrument is used. The tool clears tartar and plaque accumulation in the root below the gum line.
Does it really hurt to undergo scaling and root planing?
Unlike regular dental cleaning, scaling and root planing involves a more thorough process. Discomfort may vary depending on the patients’ level of sensitivity. However, for those who don’t have the sufficient strength to conquer the dental chair, local anesthesia is always available.
How to avoid scaling and root planing procedure?
If your gums are healthy and free from diseases, you are not required to undergo scaling and root planing. Ensure the excellent state of your oral health by practicing proper oral hygiene daily, visiting the dentist twice yearly, adopting a healthy lifestyle, and feeding your gums with the essential nutrients.

For more information about Scaling and Root Planing under Periodontal Services in Liberty Lake, WA , be sure to contact Liberty Lake Smile Source today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health results.

Posted on behalf of Liberty Lake Smile Source

22011 E Country Vista Dr, Building A Suite 201,
Liberty Lake, WA 99019

Phone: (509) 927-9279


  • Monday:7:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday:7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday:7:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday:7:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday:7:00am - 4:00pm
  • Saturday:Closed

Smiles Worth Raving About

Logan LankfordLogan Lankford
03:30 06 Dec 23
Great location, great people, and all around a great dentist. I recently transferred to their office due to location, and I’m very impressed with everything they have to offer. From the receptionist, to the hygienist, and the dentist are all super friendly and very professional.
Jason AdamsJason Adams
07:13 05 Dec 23
I absolutely love the team at Liberty Lake Smile Source.I've been seeing Dr. Tim Casey for over 5 years and you won't find someone who is more attentive, caring and professional. We only see each other a couple times a year and he always checks in on how my family and I are doing.All of the staff are top-notch and I would 100% recommend this team to anyone who asks.
Kennedy JuchauKennedy Juchau
02:45 02 Dec 23
I have had great experiences every time I go in. They are friendly and thorough every time. They are always very confident in their diagnosis and are always willing to answer any questions I have.
Randy BolingerRandy Bolinger
18:46 01 Dec 23
Always a great visit. Very professional and friendly!
Darius TerryDarius Terry
20:41 23 Nov 23
It's always amazing, front desk is amazing, very good customer service !! And the doctors and all , always are there for me, always there for a patient so with all that being said, you got are indeed my favorite place , and favorite people! I want to say thanks for all your guys help etc..-Darius Terry (:
Kelsea HopkinsKelsea Hopkins
04:30 16 Nov 23
From start to finish, a great experience.Patty had a warm and welcoming smile to get me checked in (and out). I met with Heather (with a little help from Elizabeth) who were fantastic at explaining the whole process and making sure to breakdown jargon and let me know the findings of my cleaning. I got to watch some silly and funny animal tv on the ceiling which had some great ways to make me smile during the visit. They took great X-rays and pictures of my teeth to ensure all aspects of my dental care were considered. Dr. Macall was personable while also professional and informative. Would 10/10 recommend the entire process with this group. Thank you for your great care and even though it’s the dentist office, I look forward to returning.
Paula KrantPaula Krant
01:40 27 Oct 23
Was a great experience. The technician was very pleasant. She was attentive to me and my questions. Gentle and considerate. Dentist was great. Felt he was professional and explained things well. No pressure on what needed to be done or how soon. Office personal were very pleasant and attentive. Explained the treatment plan and insurance coverage and what my costs would be. It was a very pleasant and comfortable visit. I would recommend this office to others.
Barbara ChimentiBarbara Chimenti
01:39 11 Oct 23
The staff was very friendly. Office clean and welcoming. Hygienist was extremely knowledgeable and gentle. Dr Casey explained all scenarios to me and what work was needed first. I liked the efficiency of all his staff and I think it was my best experience with any dentist.
Real Ron SwansonReal Ron Swanson
20:12 28 Sep 23
Recently moved here from Chicago, and a family member recommended Liberty Lake Smile. It took a brief and easy website visit and a follow-up call from them, and I had an appointment right away! I was impressed at how nice and professional the entire staff was, and it was apparent they really did care, and know their business! I was surprised at how thorough my initial visit and assessment actually was. Ann, the Hygienist and Dr. Casey demonstrated their competence, experience and professionalism, and left me with a feeling of confidence that they would provide excellent care! Moreover, they came up with a detailed plan to map out the course of action. I would happily recommend Liberty Lake Smile for your dental needs.