Scaling & Root Planing
Treatment of gum disease varies with the severity. If caught in the very early stages of inflammation (gingivitis), one or two dental cleanings could abort the progress and get your gums healthy again.
If an inflammation has advanced into gum disease, a deeper cleaning – called scaling – is necessary. This is performed by numbing your gums to remove tartar and bacteria above and below the gum line on your teeth and roots. Hugh-vibrations tools called ultrasonic scalers are used in this specialized cleaning.
Once all the tartar and debris are removed a root planing will be performed to smooth the rough spots caused by the scaling. Your gums can better attach themselves to a smooth root, helping them heal faster and more thoroughly.
After the scaling and planning, we may also recommend you use a medicated mouth rinse and a electric tooth brush to promote healing and contain any infection.