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Root planing and scaling

This conservative approach typically consists of placing a fine ultrasonic tip instrument in-between the tooth and gum tissue to remove any plaque and calculus that is found below the gum line. This procedure is called root planing.

Approximately four to six weeks after this procedure, mild to moderate periodontal pockets are often eliminated due to gum shrinkage. Then the patient can personally maintain these areas with routine brushing and flossing.

Good oral hygiene is always a partnership. The most effective treatments are always when the patient teams up with their periodontist and general dental practitioner to create a team where health and wellness is the main goal.