Scaling and Root Planing

Closeup of dental instrument

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. During the scaling process, specialized dental instruments are used to remove dental plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. Planing is the procedure used to smooth the tooth’s root after the scaling process. Root planing helps the gums heal and reattach themselves to a cleaner and smoother root surface. For patients with periodontal disease, this procedure is done in order to achieve a stable oral environment. This can be done under IV or conscious sedation for your comfort.