Scaling & Root Planing

To preserve the health of the gum tissue, the bacteria and calculus (tarter) deposits, which initially caused the infection, must be removed. The gum pockets will be cleaned thoroughly and the exposed root surfaces will need to be "planed" or smoothed to encourage the gum to reattach to the tooth. This is done using either a long lasting topical anesthetic, or a local anesthetic may be needed.

A prescription mouth rinse may also be recommended.

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