Scaling and root planing removes plaque and calculus above and below
the gum and, if extensive, on the root of the tooth. Root Planing smoothes
rough root surfaces so the gum can heal. As your gums heal, pocket depths
around your teeth usually decrease, thus eliminating periodontal infection.
Because scaling and root planing is more extensive than a regular cleaning,
your mouth may be numbed. Depending on the extent of the gum disease,
your treatment may require one or more visits.
After this procedure is performed, you will be required to have a return
visit so that your dental team can reevaluate your periodontal condition.
If your gums respond well to the therapy, you will probably be placed
on a periodontal maintenance program. If pocket depths around your teeth
do not respond favorably, additional therapy will be required.