Periodontics; periodontal care from the dentist you trust.

Periodontics Deep Cleaning; Scaling and Root Planing

If you have a More advanced case of gum disease, you may need a procedure called dental scaling. This will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and help your gums regain health. The scaling process is usually done in conjunction with a procedure known as root planing.

During the teeth scaling process, specialized tools are used to remove the hardened deposits of plaque buildup (tartar) from the teeth both above and below the gum line. Root planing involves smoothing rough spots on the roots of the teeth that can promote gum disease by trapping and holding bacteria.

After a scaling and planing, you can expect that your gums will be numb from the anesthesia and then possibly a little tender. But if you maintain a consistent oral health routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and dailyflossing, your gums should quickly regain a firm, healthy, pink appearance. Root planing and scaling is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe.