Scaling & Root Planing
As periodontal disease progresses, those suffering will no longer be able to remove tartar and plaque with standard brushing and flossing techniques. Scaling & Root Planing is a procedure performed to halt the further progression of the disease and allow time for healing by mechanically removing built-up tartar from the roots of teeth.
A local anesthetic may be administered for the patient's comfort. A follow-up screening will be performed 4-6 weeks post scaling and root planing procedure. During this screening, the depth of infected pockets and tissue will be evaluated for improvement.
Areas not improving to within normal ranges may require osseous surgery or further treatment.