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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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

- Bernadine R

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

- sherry f

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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

- Cynthia B

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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

- Brenda a

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The staff and the Doctors are very helpful and kind.

- Lynn P

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I've been very please with that care!

- Dottie B

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Dr. Kim and the entire staff really do care about the patient. Everyone in the office is very professional and friendly.

- jeffrey j

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I am very satisfied with all the office staff

- mildred c

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I would have came here sooner if I knew that the deep cleaning would reduce my gum pockets so quickly. (in 4 weeks)

- Moses B

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The entire office is very patient and understanding. I definitely recommend anyone to come to this office with their periodontal needs.

- ME D

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I have always received excellent service in this office and I will highly recommend of friends and family

- jennifer w

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I was very pleased with the care I received while here especially the friendliness and professionalism of the staff. I would definitely recommend this place to others.

- Tameika F

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The office always calls to schedule my appointments on time and willing to work around my schedule. Debbie is my hygienist and she always gives me excellent patient care. Dr. Kim explains all procedures in detail where I can understand. I would recommend this office to anyone who needs a periodontist.

- Alvin S

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I have been coming to Drs. Ford and Kim and have been very satisfied with both. My hygienist Debbie is doing a wonderful job with my teeth. it was predicted when I was young that I would lose my teeth by the time that I was forty, but thanks to these Drs. and hygienist I still have most of my teeth. I'm 75!

- Anne W

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Really like the office. Dr. Kim was very interested in helping me keep my tooth.

- Romaine L

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