Scaling and root planing is the procedure that removes the bacterial plaque and calculus through deep-cleaning. Instruments (similar to those used for a regular dental cleaning) that are specifically made for the root surfaces of the teeth are used. Scaling means scraping off the tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing gets rid of rough spots on the tooth roots where the bacteria gather and removes bacterial toxins that penetrate into root surfaces; both of which contribute to the progression of disease. The goal of the deep cleaning procedure is to provide a clean healthy root surface which will allow the gum tissue to pull tight to the tooth and reduce pockets that harbor periodontal bacteria.
After scaling and root planing, many patients do not require any further active treatment thereby eliminating the need for surgical therapy. However, most patients will require ongoing routine maintenance therapy to sustain health.
Even in the most advanced cases, scaling and root planing is usually recommended to begin the healing processes. Non-surgical therapy does have its limitations, however, and when it does not achieve adequate periodontal health, surgery may be indicated to restore periodontal tissues and to facilitate oral hygiene practices.
If you have any concerns or questions about scaling and root planing, or periodontal disease, please feel free to call the office.
Jenkintown Periodontics & Dental Implants, LLC
Neal B. Suway, DDS - Juan Carlos Cabrera, DMD, MS
Dental Implants, Cosmetic and Laser Periodontics
261 Old York Road Suite 319
Jenkintown, PA 19046
Phone: (215) 887-6060
Convenient to Philadelphia, Abington, Willow Grove, Elkins Park, Cheltenham, Horsham, Warminster, and Hatboro