Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is used to help patients to treat advanced gum disease, which is also known as periodontitis. With a scaling and root planing procedure, the goal is to remove harmful plaque and tartar from below your gum line. Bacterial plaque and tartar are the primary causes of gum disease, which can cause inflammation, bleeding when you brush, and even tooth loss, if it’s not treated. Advanced gum disease can also increase your chances of heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, stroke, and preterm birth.