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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Staff gives very excellent service here.

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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.

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Patient Review by Jesse S

Staff is very professional and customer friendly

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

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Patient Review by Patricia (Pat) S

everything was very nice . Loves the new look in lobby

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Patient Review by Sandra L

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

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todays visit was good

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Patient Review by Matt P

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

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Patient Review by Toby T

Debbie and the rest of staff are great

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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

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Patient Review by Victor T

Good experience!

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Patient Review by Wanda J

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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Patient Review by Melinda B

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

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Patient Review by Barbara H

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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Patient Review by Ronald W

Excellent staff !

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Patient Review by Glenda L

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.

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Patient Review by pete w

all staff and doctors great

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