Scaling & Root Planing

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

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

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Patient Review by Gary M

This Periodontal practice has taken good care of my gums and teeth for the last 22 years!! I highly recommend them!!

- Gary M

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Patient Review by Faye D

I appreciate the explanations in terms that I can understand relating to my periodontal condition. I highly recommend this practice!!

- Faye D

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Patient Review by Robin N

I am so happy how my teeth and gums have improved. I now know how to take care of my teeth on a daily basis. No more pain when chewing. I highly recommend this practice!!

- Robin N

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Patient Review by Hope E

I appreciate the thoroughness and concern from Dr. Arrington since Dr. Strickland retired. I appreciate the friendliness of the entire staff.

- Hope E

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Patient Review by Michelle J

Great Staff...very informative...caring...and always have a great attitude and atmosphere.

- Michelle J

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Patient Review by Jimmy W

You all have been able to save my teeth after years of neglect.

- Jimmy W

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Patient Review by Mable J

I always have A beautiful experience withDr, Kim and his staff. I would recommend you to go for all your periodontal work right here at Dr Kim.

- Mable J

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Patient Review by LaTonya W

Ashley did a great job cleaning my teeth today like always! I love Dr. Kim for his patients, advice, and excellent service. His staff is also awesome! Rocky Mount periodontics and implants ROCK!!!

- LaTonya W

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Patient Review by Judy B

This office is very efficient, caring and explained my periodontal needs in detail.

- Judy B

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Patient Review by T K

Very nice and friendly staff.

- T K

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Patient Review by Sherika A

I would recommend this office for anyone with periodontal needs.

- Sherika A

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Patient Review by Rose M

The doctor and staff are very patient and willing to listen. I feel very secure with the full staff. My experience over the last 25+ years has been excellent.

- Rose M

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Patient Review by Gloria T

Overall all of my experiences with this office have been good positive ones. Will continue to come here and refer to others if needed.

- Gloria T

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Patient Review by Mike H

I have had a great experience in this office in spite of my Dental anxiety!!

- Mike H

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Patient Review by Susan W

Always been treated with expert professionalism. Staff and doctors are extremely friendly and concerned about my care and any problems I am having.

- Susan W

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Patient Review by eDDIE s

Great office and very kind to me. They do good work!!

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Patient Review by Gerry R

Extremely professional operation!!! Very detailed and good explanations of patient's status. Debbie does an outstanding job cleaning my teeth!!

- Gerry R

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Patient Review by Bunn W

Everything is great. Very personable staff, very professional, easy to work with as far as scheduling and always on time. Also feel that care is top notch - never need to worry about my teeth while under their care.

- Bunn W

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Patient Review by Faye B

Have been a patient for years. No complaints at all.

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Patient Review by Sandra F

Everyone from walking in the door to leaving is very friendly and professional. I have received excellent care and treatment for my problems. I would highly recommend this office.

- Sandra F

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