Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing Overview

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Scaling and Root Planing Overview


Scaling and root planing, commonly referred to as a “deep cleaning,” is a non-surgical procedure. Scaling and root planing differs from a regular cleaning as we use special tools and techniques to reach plaque and calculus (tartar) underneath the gum line. It is often the first line of treatment against chronic periodontal disease, and it may be definitive treatment in early stages of the disease.

We may have to numb certain areas to reach the deepest pockets. This procedure is usually split into two or four appointments (each of approximately one hour). Once completed, we allow approximately 4-6 weeks for the tissues to heal and mature, before evaluating results. At this re-evaluation we determine the need, if any, for any further treatment.