Scaling and Root Planing


ScalingScaling and root planning is a method of treating periodontal disease when pockets between your teeth and gums are greater than 3mm. Scaling is a type of cleaning which removes plaque and tartar from the teeth and slightly beneath the gum line. A dental hygienist uses a scaler or an ultrasonic cleaner to perform a deep cleaning, down to the bottom of each pocket. A local anesthetic may be given to reduce any discomfort.


Root planing involves smoothing the tooth root surfaces. This allows the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth.


When deep pockets exist, periodontal surgery is recommended to restore the teeth and gums to proper dental health.


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