Scaling and Root Planing

Jul 1 • 1 minute read

Scaling and root planing is also known as a “deep cleaning.”  It involves cleaning below the gumline to treat gum and periodontal disease. When bacteria causes gum tissue to become inflamed it creates what is called a “pocket” next to the tooth. This bacteria sits in the pockets and can cause damage to the bone surrounding the teeth if untreated.  If the bone becomes damaged teeth can become loose over time. Oftentimes, local anesthetic is administered during scaling and root planing for comfort. Staying on a regular schedule for cleaning appointments after scaling and root planing is important to make sure the pockets do not worsen again.

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