Scaling & Root Planing

Visit our dentist for a deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing

With proper oral hygiene, periodontal disease is easily preventable. In its earliest stages it can even be reversed. If you have noticed the initial signs of gum disease, call our office at 508-830-3339. Our dentist, Dr. Sandra L. MacDonald, can see you for an appointment for a deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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Scaling and root planing diagram

Scaling and root planing is a two-step treatment

  • Scaling: In scaling, we remove the plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth with handheld or ultrasonic instruments.
  • Root Planing: Root planing involves smoothing rough spots on the roots of the teeth and removing any toxins to decrease inflammation of the gum tissue.

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What is the purpose of scaling and root planing?

The purpose of scaling and root planing is to remove the bacteria, plaque and tartar that is responsible for the progression of gum disease and causing damage to your smile. The process usually involves little to no discomfort, but our dentist may recommend several anesthetic options if you are highly sensitive or would like to feel more relaxed during the treatment. Scaling and root planing can be done in a single visit, but depending on your condition, our dentist may recommend multiple sessions to help ensure the protection of your oral health.