If we feel that you are suffering from more severe gum disease (Periodontal Disease), we may recommend scaling and root planing, commonly called a Deep Cleaning. This procedure can be instrumental in minimizing infection, preventing bone loss and helping you keep your natural teeth.
Scaling & Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure in which the Dental Hygienist removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line, deep in the periodontal pockets. Patients are usually anesthetized with local anesthetic so they are comfortable during the procedure. Root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments. It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the periodontal pockets. Aside from the bacterial toxins that irritate the gums, plaque and the rough surfaces of tartar make it easier for bacteria to gain a foothold and cause a chronic gum infection.
If our office thinks you need additional procedures to improve the health of your gums, we may refer you to a Periodontist (Gum Specialist) to assess your specific needs.