What Is Gum Disease Therapy?

deep scaling and root planning

implant surgery

crown lengthening (esthetic)

gingivectomy (Aesthetic)

Scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, is a common treatment performed by dentists and hygienists to remove plaque buildup from the teeth.  The goal of scaling is to remove deposits on the tooth’s surface called calculus (tartar), which forms above and below the gumline.  Scaling also involves smoothing the surface of the tooth to remove any buildup that has accumulated.  Root planing is done to smooth the roots of the teeth and reach deeper than scaling alone. 

Scaling and root planing are both typically performed as part of deep cleaning procedures to treat gum disease. Scaling can also be performed in cases where there is buildup on the teeth due to orthodontic treatment.

Scaling and root planing are short procedures that can take 30 minutes or longer, depending on how extensive the patient’s condition is.  Prophylaxis treatments should be done every 6 months to 2 years, but will vary based on the patient’s individual needs.  Scaling and root planing are performed under local anesthesia, so no sedation is required.

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