Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

What is a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

Gum disease affects nearly half of all adults over the age of 30. As the disease progresses, small pockets form around your teeth, allowing plaque, bacteria and debris to gather in this area and further infect the gums. Over time, gum disease can lead to tooth and bone loss. A scaling and root planing is performed to help clean these small pockets and allow the gums to heal more closely to the teeth.

Why would a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing be needed?

You may need a scaling and root planing if you have gum disease. The procedure is often done in two parts and requires a local anesthetic in order to have it done. We can measure your gums for any signs of gingivitis and gum disease with a simple dental instrument. It’s important that you seek treatment for gum disease early on to prevent tooth and bone loss.

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Who’s a good candidate for a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

You’re a good candidate for a scaling and root planing if you have mild, moderate and even severe gum disease. While there are other periodontal treatments available for gum disease, this particular procedure has been used for decades to help reverse the damage caused by the disease. It’s crucial that you have the procedure done as soon as you learn you have gum disease.

What happens during a Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

We first administer a local anesthetic to numb one side of your mouth. Next, we’ll begin by scaling your teeth and removing plaque and tartar. We then work below the gum line to clean out the pockets that have begun to form. Next, we will smooth the roots of the teeth so that the gums can heal more closely to them and close the size of those pockets. You will then be scheduled to come in for the other side of your mouth to be treated in the same way.

If you think you might need a scaling and root planing, call us today and our friendly staff members can answer all of your questions.


Here at Confident Smiles, we practice all CDC and OSHA standards of infection control on a daily basis, even prior to this virus. We treat everything to the highest standards for our patient’s and employee’s safety. 

We are able to see ALL patients at this time. 

We clean everything with hospital level disinfectants as part of our standard protocol and we sterilize all of our instruments. The handwashing protocol advised by the CDC is routine for us. We feel safe enough to continue to stay open and care for our patients since we always practice disease prevention as advised by OSHA and the CDC. As per our standard policy, sick patients will NOT be seen to protect all involved in their dental care. 

We have added the following precautions to our daily protocol

  • Patient phone screening questions about current symptoms illness and/or recent travel
  • Usage of hand sanitizer for every patient who enters the office
  • Daily employee screening questions about current symptoms of illness 

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