Thorough scaling & root planing is usually the first step towards addressing your periodontal disease (gum disease). This dental treatment is done with local anesthetic in order to avoid any discomfort. Scaling and Root Planing is a non-surgical deep cleaning procedure in which plaque and tartar are removed from below the gum line. Root surfaces are cleaned and resurfaced with specially designed instruments. It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the pockets, because they contain bacterial toxins that irritate the gums and lead to bone loss. By removing this debris, your gums can begin to re-attach to the roots of your teeth.
Patients can expect to be comfortable during the procedure. Other than slight cold sensitivity and tenderness, discomfort is minimal following scaling & root planing. Patients can expect to return to work immediately after the appointment. Scaling & root planing is usually completed in two visits (one side of the mouth the first visit and the other side of the mouth in the second visit).
One month after scaling & root planing is completed we will re-access your periodontal condition. If deep pockets still remain between teeth and gums surgery may be considered to restore your periodontal health. Whether or not surgery is performed you will need to be placed on a more aggressive maintenance program of 3 month cleanings to ensure that your long term success rate is as high as possible.
Many people with deep pockets try to treat with home remedies. You can click here to see Dr, Farber explain why this usually doesn't work.
Dr. Farber discusses periodontitis and periodontal disease in the videos below.