Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and Root planing is a deep cleaning designed to remove bacteria, plaque, calculus,and tartar from your mouth to stop progression of periodontal disease. It is highly effective in treating the earlier stages of gum disease, especially when combined with other invasive periodontal treatments. Scaling is used when plaque and tartar are removed from the tooth surface. Root planing is used during which the roots of the teeth are cleaned and smoothed to remove bacteria.


Gum disease is caused by bacteria known as plaque. Plaque can always form in a variety of ways, but if not cleaned well then turns into inflammation. Inflammation can be reduced if treated every 3-6 months by seeing your dentist. When your gums are inflamed it will pull away from your teeth and form spaces called pockets. Plaque then gets trapped in these pockets and cannot be removed with regular brushing or flossing. If left untreated, gum disease could lead to both bone and tooth loss.


Admitting that you have gum disease may be scary, but ignoring the signs and suffering down the line is even scarier. if you possess any of the following symptoms then you are categorized and prone to periodontitis.

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Red, tender, bleeding gums
  • Pain when chewing food
  • Loose or wiggling teeth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Receding gums
  • Unexpected tooth loss
  • Multiple cavities and infections

If you have any of these symptoms then a Scaling & Root Planing will only benefit to treat you gums to get them back in its health state. Call & Schedule your appointment with Fulton Dental today!


Scaling and Root Planing is done by a certified licensed Dental hygienist. Dental Hygienists specialize in performing deep cleanings to help get the gums back in good condition. We first apply topical or a local anesthetic to numb the area and then we scrape away all of your plaque and tartar on your teeth below the gum line down to the periodontal pocket with the use of an ultrasonic scaler. After removing plaque we will then smooth out the rough surfaces on the roots of your teeth which will help your gums reattach to your teeth. Depending on your condition periodontal scaling and root planing may take more than one visit. After this treatment is complete, it is important to see the hygienist every 3 months to maintain your oral hygiene.

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