Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing are common nonsurgical techniques that may prevent the need for more serious procedures, such as periodontal surgery.Here’s what to expect if your dentist recommends these techniques:

  • You won’t feel it. You’ll receive a local anesthetic to numb the area.

  • Scaling: Your dentist or dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar from the areas both above and below the gum line.

  • Root Planing: Your dentist or dental hygienist uses special tools to smooth rough spots on the tooth roots.

This process not only removes bacteria and helps reduce plaque buildup, but it provides a smooth surface for gums to reattach to the teeth.  After a scaling and root planing procedure, be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions and maintain an oral care routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing.