Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is the most common and conservative form of treatment for periodontal (gum) disease. The process involves the removal of plaque and tarter that has moved below the gumline. The scaling and root planing treatment is usually divided into multiple visits. Because the hygienist uses special instruments below the gumline, local anesthetic may be used to numb the area being treated during each visit.

Periodontal Maintenance:

After the scaling and root planing treatment is complete, patients return on a 3-4 month periodontal maintenance schedule as part of the periodontal therapy. It is important to frequently monitor the health of the gums as well as keep the periodontal pockets clean and free of infection.