Scaling & Root Planing
Considered the gold standard for gum disease treatment, scaling and root planing work to remove plaque and tartar from areas above and beneath the gum line. Since at-home brushing or professional cleanings won’t be enough to stop extensive gum disease, scaling is performed to effectively reach these areas. Root planing works to smooth out the tooth roots, making it easier for them to reattach to teeth after the gums begin receding. In order to effectively remove plaque and tartar without putting too much stress on the gums, scaling and root planing treatments are performed every three to four months.