periodontal-healthRoot planing and scaling is done when gums have either started to pull away from the teeth or the roots of the teeth have hard mineral deposits (tartar) on them.

This is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. Root planing and scaling cleans between the gums and the teeth down to the roots. We may need to use a local anesthetic or needle free anesthetic to numb your gums and the roots of your teeth and will use an ultrasonic instruments for the planing and scaling procedure.

Your dentist may place antibiotics into the pockets between your teeth and gums. The antibiotic will help speed healing and prevent infection.