Scaling and Root Planing

If you have a stubborn case of gum disease, perioboca provides a dental procedure called periodontal scaling.  This will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and help your gums regain health. The scaling process is usually done in conjunction with a procedure known as root planing.

During the teeth scaling process, we will numb the gums and tooth roots with a topical anesthesia, although teeth scaling and root planing cause very little discomfort. We will use specialized tools to remove the hardened deposits of plaque buildup (tartar) from the teeth both above and below the gum line. Root planing involves smoothing rough spots on the roots of the teeth that can promote gum disease by trapping and holding bacteria.

This whole procedure can be done in a single visit, or a quadrant or half of the mouth may be treated per appointment. After scaling and planing you can expect that your gums may possibly be a little tender, but if you maintain a consistent oral health routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and irrigation, your gums should quickly regain a firm, healthy, pink appearance.