Scaling & Root Planing

One common and effective treatment that is offered for preliminary stage gum disease is the process of scaling and root planing. This intensive cleaning process consists of two main steps:

  • Scaling:
    – Removal of plaque and tartar from the tooth surface.
  • Root Planing:
    – Cleaning and smoothing of teeth to remove harmful bacteria.

Scaling and root planing is done with the objective of removing harmful buildup on your teeth, such as plaque, tartar, and other substances. This removal will help stop gum disease from evolving into something more serious. This procedure may take several appointments to perform, as we treat one area of the mouth at a time, but in every appointment we do our best to make the process as pain free as possible, providing local anesthetic as well as other comfort options.


While undergoing this procedure, it is often in combination with other types of aid to help prevent the furthering of periodontitis. This may include but is not limited to things like antibiotic treatment. For most patients, this method is enough to prevent periodontal disease from worsening. For additional information about the pros of scaling and root planing or to learn about other types of gum disease treatment, contact our expert team today.

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