Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling

The initial stage of treatment is usually a thorough cleaning that may include scaling to remove plaque and tartar (calculus) deposits beneath the gum line.

An animated illustration showing the process of scaling

The tooth roots may also be planed to smooth the root surface allowing the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth. In some cases, the occlusion (bite) may require adjustment.

An animated illustration showing the process of root planing

Root Planing

Antibiotics or irrigation with anti-microbials (chemical agents or mouth rinses) may be recommended to help control the growth of bacteria that create toxins and cause periodontitis. In some cases, antibiotic fibers may be placed in the periodontal pockets after scaling and planing. This may be done to control infection and to encourage normal healing.

When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, it is difficult 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.

For more information about Scaling and Root Planing or to schedule an appointment with our doctors:

Rocky Mount Periodontics and Implant Center

5 out of 5 stars based on 306 Scaling and Root Planing reviews.

Patient Review by Tony M

I have been very pleased with the dental care I have received in this office. They always take time to answer my questions!!

- Tony M

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Patient Review by Judy D

I like coming here for my Periodontal care. They take good care of me!!

- Judy D

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Patient Review by kim c

Experience was great. Happy with the improvement. Very happy. Yes, I will be back.

- kim c

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Patient Review by Ginger D

I love coming to this office!! They are so professional!!

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Patient Review by Reid P

I thoroughly enjoy coming to this office for my Periodontal care!!

- Reid P

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Patient Review by Michelle S

I have been very happy with my care and do not mind paying what my insurance doesn't cover.

- Michelle S

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Patient Review by Pat B

I have been coming here for 40+ years and have always received the best care!!

- Pat B

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Patient Review by Lawrence T

Rocky Mount. periodontics and implant center is a wonderful place to have your dental needs taken care of. Friendly atmosphere pleasant people to work with smiling all the time and they keep you calm and relax. I definitely would recommend them to all that needs dental care. They are an extremely group of professionals.

- Lawrence T

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Patient Review by Roger

They were very professional and accurate with their statements. They are tremendously friendly. The secretary was excellent with her explanation and very well mannered and professional.

- Roger

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Patient Review by Dana M

I came to this office very afraid of being in a dental office. They all made me feel very comfortable. I had scaling done with IV sedation and I don't remember anything. The hygienist Michelle S. and Lisa made me feel comfortable during the whole process. I did not want to start this process, but knew I needed to have my gum disease addressed. I will continue to come to this office.

- Dana M

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Patient Review by Shirley J

Everyone in this office is very friendly, professional and a very nice atmosphere.

- Shirley J

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Patient Review by Zion C

I love coming to this office!! They do Great Work!!

- Zion C

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Patient Review by Bobby A

He did an overall good job and has seen improvements.

- Bobby A

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Patient Review by David W

I'm satisfied with the service.

- David W

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Patient Review by Dr.Gerardo M

I have been very pleased with the care I have received from Dr. Kim and staff and from Debbie who does a great job with cleaning my teeth and educating me about dental care. I enjoy my trips to this office!! Very Professional!!

- Dr.Gerardo M

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Patient Review by Samuel S

Considering what you come here to have done... it is excellent.

- Samuel S

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Patient Review by Grant E

Everything was great no problems! Everyone here is very friendly and professional!!

- Grant E

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Patient Review by Ashley D

Dr. Kim and his staff do a wonderful job. Especially hygienists Ashley and Debbie. Highly recommend this office for your dental/implant needs.

- Ashley D

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Patient Review by Kathy L

I have been very very happy with my experiences here!!

- Kathy L

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Patient Review by Bernell L

Treatments have been very good and I am not nervous with the procedures. Dr. Arrington and staff are very nice.

- Bernell L

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