Tooth Scaling & Root Planing
If you have been diagnosed with a severe gum disease called Periodontitis, you may need a procedure called scaling and root planing to remove tartar and treat inflamed gums. Scaling and root planing is otherwise known as a "deep cleaning" in dentistry and differs from a traditional cleaning due to the patient's periodontal disease status. This deep dental cleaning goes below your gum line to remove tartar from each of your teeth, including root surfaces. Sometimes, depending on the amount of inflammation present, an antibiotic medication is injected into the gum tissue pocket during the procedure as well.
To minimize any discomfort or pain local anesthetic is available if necessary. Scaling and root planing is usually broken down into one or two quadrants of your mouth per appointment. This allows for adequate healing time and reduces the time for each appointment.