A scaling and root planing, sometimes referred to as deep cleaning, is part of periodontal treatment. When you have gingivitis or gum disease, small pockets form around the teeth that are caused by bacteria. The bacterial infection continues to pull the gum tissue and bone away from the tooth, which could eventually lead to tooth loss. Periodontal treatment is essential in stopping the spread of the disease and preventing it from getting worse.
You will typically need periodontal scaling and root planing if you have gingivitis or gum disease. During a routine examination, we can check your gums for signs of inflammation and to measure the depths of these gingival pockets. If the gingival pockets are deeper than is deemed healthy, we will recommend that you have a scaling and root planing as part of your periodontal treatment. The team at Metropolitan Dental Care is extremely adept at both the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease.