Scaling & Root Planing
Longstanding inflammation of the gums leads to loss of the bone supporting the teeth, a condition called periodontal (gum) disease. If periodontal disease is present, scaling and root planing (a “deep cleaning”) is indicated to halt the progression of the disease.
Scaling and root planing is the act of removing all plaque and calculus (tartar) from the teeth and smoothing the root surface to promote healing of the gums. Scaling and root planing is performed in quadrants, with anesthesia, so the teeth can be thoroughly cleaned both above and below the gums without causing pain to the patient. However, without diligent home hygiene and regular follow-up cleanings, the destructive process of periodontal disease will continue.