Scaling and Root Planing

What is this?

Scaling and root planing is a therapy that we will recommend to help treat periodontitis.  This is essentially a "deep-cleaning."  During this procedure, either Dr. Aric or Dr. Amy will put your gums to sleep so that the cleaning procedure will be completely comfortable.  After the anesthetic, one of the hygienists will be able to do the deep cleaning.  The idea is that we are able to clean to the base of your pockets and plane the root surfaces so they are nice and smooth and less likely to harbor bacteria.  Many patients respond very well to this procedure and with 3 month maintenance visits are able to manage their periodontal condition.