Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing are dental procedures used to treat gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. These procedures are typically performed by a dentist or dental hygienist and are aimed at removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and root surfaces.

Our doctors recommend scaling and root planing for patients diagnosed with periodontitis. This treatment will ensure your teeth are clean and healthy, giving you a dazzling smile to show the world.

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing is a procedure to treat infection of deep “pockets.” Our board-certified hygienists numb the area before treatment to make sure our patients are comfortable during the scaling portion. They will then use special sonic-type instruments (called a Cavitron or Piezo scaler) to clean the roots below the gumline. Our normal dental scalers remove all the tartar above and below the gumline.

Before and after images may be taken with digital x-rays to make sure all tartar was removed. Once this procedure is completed, we recommend the post-op mouth rise of OraCare for several days.

Root planing smooths out the roots of your teeth to help your gums reattach to them. It also keeps bacteria, plaque, and tartar from re-adhering underneath the gumline. The entire scaling and root planing treatment may take several appointments to ensure goals are met.

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