Scaling & Root Planing

Plaque and tartar that accumulate on the teeth6_2a.png provide an environment that allows bacteria to thrive and multiply. The bacteria cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed. The condition becomes more noticeable when you brush your teeth. These are signs of the early stage of gingivitis. Gingivitis is easily treated by having the hygienist scale and polish the teeth. If gingivitis is left untreated, the condition will progress and the roots will lose bone support.

Scaling and root planing is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface and below the gumline. This procedure is nonsurgical and may or may not be a definitive therapy. Sometimes done as an initial therapy, scaling and root planing is the foundation of periodontal treatment to begin the pathway to healthy gums. Further treatment may be necessary, depending upon the stage of gum disease.