Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a cleaning of the root surfaces below the gum-line to remove plaque, toxins and tartar from the root surfaces of the teeth. This procedure is more intensive than a routine general dental prophylaxis, or cleaning, which traditionally occurs every six months.
Research has demonstrated that scaling and root planing reduces gingival inflammation and deep gum pockets, and shifts the bacteria living in these pockets that are contributing to your disease toward a bacterial composition associated with a healthy mouth. Therefore, scaling and root planing is often used as initial therapy to help stabilize your periodontal disease.
It is important to understand that some patients may not respond optimally to scaling and root planing, and may require more advanced periodontal procedures to regenerate gum and bone health that was lost to the disease.