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Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling is a non-surgical deep cleaning around and below the gumline, all the way down to the bottom of the pocket, to remove plaque and tartar and any infection that may be developing or already present.

Root Planing is the smoothing (or planing) of the roots to help the gums reattach to the teeth. Scaling and root planing often take more than one visit to complete and may require a local anesthetic.

Reasons for Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and root planning can be both preventative as well as a stand-alone treatment. If left untreated, chronic periodontal disease can lead to:

  • Diseases such as Lung Infections and Heart Disease
  • Bone, Tissue or Tooth Loss
  • Loose or Shifting Teeth
  • Bad Breath

Signs and Symptoms

  • Bleeding Gums
  • Swollen, Red, or Tender Gums
  • Bad Breath
  • Change in Bite Pattern
  • Loose or Longer-Looking Teeth
  • Pus Between Teeth and Gums