What Is a Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing is a procedure that helps to treat gum disease. As gum disease forms and develops, small pockets in the gums around your teeth will deepen. These pockets then become a breeding ground for plaque, bacteria, and other debris. It’s nearly impossible to clean these small pockets on your own, so scaling and root planing helps to clean your teeth and provide the gums with the ability to heal closer to the teeth, thus reducing the size of these pockets.
Why Is a Scaling and Root Planing Needed?
You may need to have a scaling and root planing if you have gum disease. The procedure is done easily in our office and takes just about an hour. The process normally requires two visits, with one visit focusing on one side of the mouth and the second visit working on the other. By coming in for scaling and root planing, you’re taking a proactive approach to your gum health and care.