Scaling and Root Planing

When cases of periodontal disease do not respond to conventional treatment or self-care (such as improved or more frequent flossing), your dentist may recommend a special kind of cleaning called scaling and root planing.

Scaling and Root Planing – Canton, MS

When cases of periodontal disease do not respond to conventional treatment or self-care (such as improved or more frequent flossing), your dentist may recommend a special kind of cleaning called scaling and root planing.

Patients who experience discomfort need not worry, as the procedure begins with the administration of a local anesthetic. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, an ultrasonic cleaner is used to clean beneath the gum line to remove plaque and tartar. After the cleaning has been completed, the root surfaces of the tooth are planed and smooth to help the gums reattach themselves to the tooth structures. If the periodontal pockets persist after treatment, additional measures may be recommended.