Scaling & Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)

Tooth Cleaning Below the Gums to Treat Bone Loss and Pockets.
When bacterial accumulations cause bone loss around the teeth, a diagnosis of periodontal disease is made. The bone loss creates periodontal pockets that are too deep to clean by routine oral hygiene methods and the usual one hour routine cleaning does not allow enough time to get the deep pockets cleaned out. Scaling and root planing uses several appointments in conjunction with a local anesthetic to give the hygienist time to get deep below the gum line and clean the pockets while still insuring that the patient is comfortable.