Scaling and root planning

Scaling and Root Planing


If periodontal disease is diagnosed early, non-surgical therapy may be the only treatment necessary.

Most importantly, did you know that periodontal disease is today’s #1 cause of tooth loss among American adults? Or that, although a causal relationship between periodontal disease and an elevated risk for systemic events has not been established, recent data suggest a possible association between periodontal disease and other health issues including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and preterm low birth-weight babies?

Gingivitis is a generative disease that left untreated, will cause significant tooth and gum deterioration.  Just the word gingivitis can strike panic in a patient’s mind. The reality is that the treatment is simple and performed painlessly at our No Tears Dental office.

Scaling and Root Planing

Plaque and tarter that sits on the teeth provides an environment, which allows bacteria to thrive and multiply.  The bacteria cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed. The condition becomes more noticeable when you brush your teeth or sometimes when you eat. These are signs of the early stage of gingivitis. Gingivitis is easily treated by having the hygienist scale and polish the teeth.  If gingivitis is left untreated, the condition will progress and the roots will need a planing.


Scaling is the process of the periodontist dentist or dental hygienist removing plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces. The type of scaling used is dependent upon the amount of plaque and tartar that is found on the tooth surface.


Root planning is the process of cleaning the gum pockets (located beneath the gum line) in order to stop gum problems from advancing. When gums are inflamed, the gum pockets become deeper and lose its connection to the bone. The deeper the pocket, the easier it is for plaque deposits to become trapped and worsen the condition of the gums.


ARESTIN® (minocycline hydrochloride) Microspheres, 1 mg is an effective antibiotic treatment that comes in powder form. This powder is placed inside infected periodontal pockets just after the dental professional finishes the scaling and root planing (SRP) procedure.





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