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.

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Rocky Mount Periodontics and Implant Center

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Great care for many years. Very Professional!!

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Enjoyable experiences and care!!

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I've been satisfied and pleased. I believe I've been helped.

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Dr. Kim and Debbie have helped me keep my teeth and are very professional in all they do.

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Dr. Arrington and staff are very professional.

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I have been a patient here since the early nineties and have received excellent care and I am still coming back.

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Patient Review by Lynn M

This office makes the experience of "going to the dentist" actually pleasurable. Everyone is so welcoming, professional, and friendly. Thanks for helping me keep my smile!

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Visits are good. Everything always gets done correctly.

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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!!

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

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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!!

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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.

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Patient Review by Michelle J

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

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