Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure where plaque and tartar are removed from below the gum-line.
Plaque and tartar deep below the gum line are harmful because, aside from the bacterial toxins that irritate the gums, they make it easier for more bacteria to gain a foothold. As gum disease progresses, the bone that supports the teeth can be destroyed, and you can be at risk for losing your teeth as you age.
In order to remove all the plaque and tartar from below your gumline, Dr. Dastoor may recommend scaling and root planing. After making sure you are completely numb, he will clean and smooth your tooth root surfaces with specially designed instruments. This procedure is usually painless during and after treatment. Over 4-6 weeks, your gums should heal and become more healthy.
Dr. Sarosh Dastoor works very closely with your referring doctor in coordinating and communicating about your scaling and root planing appointments.
By performing scaling and root planing, you are taking the first essential step toward saving your teeth for the rest of your life.