Scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) is a dental procedure that treats periodontal (gum) disease. Scaling is the removal of tartar from the tooth while root planing is the process of smoothing the root surfaces in order to decrease inflammation and prevent further bone loss.
Scaling and root planing is often performed with manual hand instruments, ultrasonic instruments or both. An ultrasonic scaling device eliminates tartar, plaque and biofilm. A manual instrument may be used next to remove the remainder. If your teeth or gums are sensitive, local anesthesia can be administered to make the procedure more comfortable. Scaling and root planing may take two to four visits depending on the extent of oral disease. If you have any questions about scaling and root planing, please contact us at (979) 543-2737.