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Scaling & Root Planning

When required, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planning (deep cleaning) will be recommended.  It is usually done one quadrant of the mouth at a time while the area is numb.  In this procedure, tartar, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on root surfaces are made smooth (planning).  This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink.  Medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and an electric tooth brush may be recommended to help control infection and healing.

Arestin - A New Treatment for Periodontal Disease.  Arestin is a prescription drug approved by the FDA which delivers antibiotic treatment directly to the infected areas in your gums. It works over a 14 day period to kill the infection and effectively help heal your gums.

The procedure is performed by our hygienist during your periodontal therapy visit and has clinically shown to help reduce pocket depths - the space that forms between your teeth and gums.

If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planning, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean.  We may also recommend that you see a Periodontist (specialist of the gums and supporting bone).

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