Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is the non-surgical technique that removes plaque and tartar from below the gumline using specially designed instruments. This is a thorough cleaning that may include scaling to remove plaque and tartar deposits beneath the gumline. The tooth roots may also be planed to smooth the root surface allowing the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth. In some cases, the occlusion (bite) may require adjustment.