Scaling and root planing is the most commonly used treatment for patients who are in the beginning stages of gum disease. This procedure is a two-step treatment:
The purpose of scaling and root planing is to remove the bacteria, plaque and tartar that is responsible for the progression of gum disease and causing damage to your smile. The process usually involves little to no discomfort, but our dentist may recommend several anesthetic options if you are highly sensitive or would like to feel more relaxed during the treatment. Scaling and root planing can be done in a single visit, but depending on your condition, our dentist may recommend multiple sessions to help ensure the protection of your oral health.
You may receive other periodontal treatments in addition to scaling and root planing, depending on the severity of the infection. However, scaling and root planing is usually enough to treat most patients who are suffering from gum disease. To learn more about how scaling and root planing can benefit you, please call or visit us today!