Dental Scaling and Root Planing

What is Dental Scaling & Root Planing

Dental scaling and root planing is therapy that deep-cleans plaque and tartar build-up that can occur in hard-to-reach areas around the teeth and below the gums. It is an extensive treatment that involves removing calculus buildup from the teeth, which releases toxins and contributes to periodontitis leading to gum and bone recession.

Scaling and root planing treatment is much more thorough than a regular dental cleaning and cleans areas deeper in the gum tissue. It’s recommended for patients who have signs & symptoms of gum disease or periodontitis. It’s an effective treatment in reversing periodontal disease and cleaning off toxins which impede the natural healing ability of the gums.

What Does Scaling & Root Planing Treatment Involve?


During this treatment, our dentists use specialized tools to separate particularly bad plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth that can accumulate over time. During treatment, our dentists may use a local anesthetic to make the procedure more comfortable. Specialized tools are used to scale off deep plaque and tartar that has accumulated around the roots of the teeth. Afterwards, the roots of the teeth are smoothed and resurfaced, making it harder for plaque and tartar to re-adhere in the future.

Dental scaling and root planing is considered to be one of the most effective treatments for advanced periodontitis.


This page has been reviewed for medical accuracy by Dr. Mic Falkel, a partner at MPDG who received his Dental degree in 1987 from the University of the Pacific. Click here to follow him on Linkedin.

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