Scaling and Root Planing


Closeup of dental instrument

Scaling and root planing is our first line of treatment for gum disease. This non-surgical procedure utilizes special instruments to remove plaque and calculus from below the gumline. Once the roots of the teeth have been cleaned, they are smoothed to allow your gums to heal, potentially eliminating the pockets where harmful bacteria builds up.  The healing result is usually reassessed 4 to 6 weeks after to define the improvement and determine if additional care is required.