Why do I need a scaling and root planning?
The goal of scaling and root planning is to eliminate the source of periodontal infection by removing the plaque, tartar and bacterial toxins from the surfaces of the teeth below the gum line.
When you have an active periodontal disease, routine hygiene maintenances are not enough because they generally remove plaque and tartar from above the gum line only.
To keep you comfortable, we usually numb the area before root planning begins.
Using specialized instruments, we carefully and meticulously remove the plaque and tartar around and beneath the gum line, and then smooth the root surfaces. This removes the source of infection and helps your gums heal. As they heal, your gums will tighten around your teeth.
We schedule scaling and root planning over several appointments. This way we can promote your comfort, check you healing and help you fine-tune your homecare efforts.
Your mouth will feel healthier and cleaner!