periodonticsNon-surgical treatment of gum disease (or Scaling and Root Planing)

Scaling and root planing is the most common treatment for periodontal (gum) disease. The process consists of scaling or removing tartar and plaque from the tooth surfaces; dentists target the area below the gum line, along the root.

Because plaque is likely to stick to rough surfaces, the root surface is made smooth in a process called root planing. Root planing removes any remaining tartar and smooths irregular areas of the root surface. The majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance therapy every 2-3 months to keep their mouth healthy.molar