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

5 out of 5 stars based on 263 Scaling and Root Planing reviews.

Patient Review by ann w

I have been coming here for along time and I still have my teeth. Very happy here.

- ann w

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Patient Review by Renee S

Carolyn and Dr Kim were extremely sympathetic when I explained my fears of dental work. Carolyn was very easy on me and made me feel very comfortable.

- Renee S

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Patient Review by Joel B

Michelle was awesome. I went in with an abscess tooth and after Dr. Kim examined me; Michelle cleaned the tooth and got rid of the infection, and put antibiotic under the tooth. There was no more pain and Michelle never hurt me. I called back the next morning to let her know how much I appreciate everything she did. Love her!!!

- Joel B

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Patient Review by Sheila D

A courteous and qualified team of great people

- Sheila D

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Patient Review by Dianne S

Very short waiting times. The staff is always very friendly. Truly love my hygienist Debbie and Dr. Kim is always very caring.

- Dianne S

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Patient Review by Ethel R

Very encouraging and comforting during my procedures.

- Ethel R

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Patient Review by Tony S

Thanks to Dr. Kim and his entire staff for this humbling transformation to my gum and teeth health. This has been the best experience that I've ever had with any treatments that I've undergone with dental procedure. I especially want to thank God for the anointing that He's given to them all. They're a true testament that "Team Work Makes Dream Work!!". Continued Blessings on you and the staff Dr. Kim. Thanks Tony Silver

- Tony S

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Patient Review by Larry P

Staff gives very excellent service here.

- Larry P

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Patient Review by Alma W

I have been coming here at least 17 years and my experience has always been pleasant. I would recommend Dr. Kim and his staff to family and friends and to anyone who needs a Periodontist.

- Alma W

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Patient Review by Jesse S

Staff is very professional and customer friendly

- Jesse S

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Patient Review by Dwight S

Very warm and friendly staff. Very profession with excellent care!

- Dwight S

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Patient Review by Patricia (Pat) S

everything was very nice . Loves the new look in lobby

- Patricia (Pat) S

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Patient Review by Sandra L

Carolyn has been my hygienist for many years and I hope she never leaves

- Sandra L

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Patient Review by troy a

todays visit was good

- troy a

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Patient Review by Matt P

Been coming here for years and they are always nice and on time.

- Matt P

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Patient Review by Toby T

Debbie and the rest of staff are great

- Toby T

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Patient Review by samantha B

All the staff is nice

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Patient Review by Maggie G

I have been a patient for many years. I have had great care from Dr. Strickland and Dr. Kim. I love my Carolyn

- Maggie G

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Patient Review by Victor T

Good experience!

- Victor T

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Patient Review by Wanda J

Friendly environment and relaxed atmosphere and easy explanations to understand.

- Wanda J

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