Scaling and root planing is often performed using local anesthesia, which numbs the jaw to ensure that you do not feel anything at the treatment site. However, numbing may not be necessary for patients with slight gingivitis or those who are undergoing preventive treatment.
First comes scaling. This part of the treatment involves removing plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth, around the gums, and on the surface of the teeth’s roots. We use a special ultrasonic scaling tool to remove all bacterial buildup.
Then, using a special instrument, your dentist or qualified hygienist will smooth out the surface of the root, removing all infected tissue and evening out its irregular surface to reduce inflammation and prevent the reoccurrence of bacterial buildup.
Gum disease is a chronic infection, so scaling and root planing may need to be completed over the course of several appointments. It is often combined with antibiotic therapy to ensure full healing. Our team will continue to check in on the health of your gums after the procedure to prevent the occurrence of reinfection.