Scaling and Root Planning
The initial stage of scaling and root planing treatment typically consists of thorough cleanings that include scaling to remove plaque and tartar deposits beneath the gum line.
The tooth roots are also planed to smooth the root surfaces allowing the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth.
When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, it is difficult for Dr. Lawrence Goettisheim to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar. Patients can seldom, if ever, keep these pockets clean and free of plaque. Consequently, surgery may be needed to restore periodontal health.