Scaling and root planing, also referred to as deep cleaning, is a widely recommended and effective dental procedure for managing gum disease in its early stages. This essential treatment consists of two key steps:
- Scaling: During scaling, our skilled dentist and team will meticulously remove plaque and tartar (known as dental calculus) from the surfaces of your teeth. These deposits can accumulate over time and serve as breeding grounds for harmful bacteria.
- Root Planing: The root planing phase involves the meticulous cleaning and smoothing of tooth roots to remove bacterial toxins that may have gathered in the pockets between your gums and teeth. Smoothing these surfaces helps prevent bacteria from adhering and causing further damage.
The primary objectives of scaling and root planing are twofold: first, to eliminate bacteria, plaque and tartar buildup; and second, to halt the progression of gum disease. While most patients can comfortably undergo scaling and root planing without the need for anesthesia, our dentist can provide various anesthetic and comfort options to help you feel at ease throughout the procedure. Depending on the extent of the condition, we may also recommend that your treatment be divided into multiple appointments, with each session targeting a specific section of your mouth.
In certain cases, scaling and root planing may be complemented by additional periodontal therapies, such as antibiotic treatments. However, for the majority of patients this deep cleaning procedure is sufficient to prevent the further advancement of periodontal disease.
To learn more about scaling and root planing in Holly Springs, North Carolina, and schedule your appointment with Dr. Scott Butts, please reach out to Avent Ferry Family Dentistry today at 919-372-3400. Your oral health is our top priority, and we are committed to providing you with the care and information you need to maintain a healthy smile.