Scaling and root planing is one of the most effective treatments for gum disease in its early stages, and is often the first treatment recommended after you are diagnosed and before your condition can escalate. This periodontal procedure consists of two steps:

  1. Scaling: In the first phase, our dentists will meticulously remove plaque and tartar (also known as dental calculus) that has adhered to the tooth surface over time. This accumulation can foster the growth of harmful bacteria, contributing to the progression of gum disease, and by removing it we can help halt the advance of the disease.
  2. Root Planing: The second step, root planing, delves deeper to cleanse your tooth roots thoroughly. This process entails the smoothing of root surfaces to eliminate bacterial toxins that may be festering there. By rendering the roots free of toxins, we can encourage your mouth to heal and prevent gum disease from developing further.

The primary objectives of scaling and root planing are to eliminate harmful bacteria, plaque and tartar, and to arrest the development of the disease. While scaling and root planing is typically painless and does not require anesthesia, our dentists and team can provide various anesthetic options to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure should you desire it. Depending on your specific needs, scaling and root planing may be spread across multiple appointments, with each session targeting a different section of the mouth.

In some cases, scaling and root planing may be complemented with other periodontal therapies, including antibiotic treatments or Perio Protect®. For the majority of patients, though, this deep cleaning procedure proves effective in preventing further progression of periodontal disease.

For more information about scaling and root planing in Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as information about the additional periodontal treatments we offer, we encourage you to reach out to Smiles At Glenwood at 919-833-8100. Our team will be happy to answer your questions and help you schedule an appointment with Dr. Candice Arrick.

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