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.

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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.

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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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Friendly environment and relaxed atmosphere and easy explanations to understand.

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Great teamwork!!

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Very compassionate staff.

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I have been coming here for many years and have always been satisfied with my treatment and the staff

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Excellent care from both Drs. Kim! The entire staff is efficient, capable and friendly. It is a joy to visit this dentist office!

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Excellent staff !

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Good experience each time. No waiting very prompt with the scheduled time. Staff members are very nice and they give you their undivided attention. I have been coming here for years and I can not recall any bad experiences. I would recommend them to any of my family, friends and others.

- Glenda L

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all staff and doctors great

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I am totally please with the services I receive at the office.

- Tina V

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I have been coming here 40+ years and I find the staff and doctors up to date on new procedures to help my gums. I still have all 32 of my teeth!

- Mary B

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awesome staff!

- Tammy F

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I am very comfortable with the care I receive at this office. The staff and the doctor is very nice and take the time to answer questions. I would truly recommend this dental office to others.

- angela

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Friendly, helpful, always going above and beyond

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I was taken on time which is a rarity these days!

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I am very satisfied with the care that I have received.

- Jay Q

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I think it is necessary to come for visits to maintain good gums & teeth quality

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Received nothing but good, polite, and prompt service

- ANNETTE M

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I've never liked going to the dentist but this office has made me feel very comfortable. All these years I have received excellent care for my teeth and gums..

- Mary S

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My hygienist Debbie has done a good job cleaning with minimal pain. Everyone from front desk to doctors have been very friendly. I would highly recommend this periodontal practice.

- Becky S

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I have been a patient at this office for many, many years. I have only great things to say about the entire staff. Especially Dr. Arrington

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