This procedure is for the patient that has been treated for periodontal disease, "gum disease." It allows for maintaining healthy gums once the initial treatment is complete. To the patient it is much like the regular cleaning but to the dentist it is much more. The hygienist performs the regular cleaning but also concentrates on the problems spots to keep the gum disease from returning.
If we feel that you are suffering from gingivitis or more severe gum disease, we may recommend a root scaling or planing. These measures can be instrumental in preventing bone loss and helping you to keep your natural teeth.
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure in which the periodontist removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments. It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the pockets, because aside from the bacterial toxins that irritate the gums, plaque and the rough surfaces of tartar make it easier for bacteria to gain a foothold.