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Scaling and Root Planing

Some cases of gum disease that do not respond to traditional treatment and preventative care such as flossing may require a special kind of cleaning called scaling and root planing.

A local topical anesthetic will be given to reduce any discomfort. Then a small ultrasonic cleaner, called a “scaler,” will be used to clean beneath your gum line to remove plaque and tartar. The root surfaces on the tooth are then planed and smoothed. If effective, scaling and root planing helps the gums reattach themselves to the tooth structure. If periodontal pockets still persist, additional measures may be needed.