SCALING AND ROOT PLANING
Scaling & Root Planing is probably the most common non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease. The doctor removes bacteria and infection from the unhealthy deep pockets around the teeth below the gum line. This is often referred to as a “deep cleaning.”
First the tooth is scaled to remove the plaque and tarter that has accumulated on the tooth. Then the root is planed or smoothed. This eliminates any rough areas on the root that can easily trap plaque and bacteria.