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.

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 244 Scaling and Root Planing reviews.

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The staff makes me feel very comfortable Because I am always terrified of dental visits. Every staff member was very competent in their field. Everyone was very nice.

- Carrie W

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Good professional service

- Susan A

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Staff is very professional and caring. I have a great time in the chair when Debbie is cleaning my teeth. I love her gentle touch!

- Lela C

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I have been coming here for many years and I am happy to say I have always gotten good service. The staff is very friendly. I would recommend you get in touch with this office if you have gum problems.

- Mary S

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Good service.

- Leon U

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I have been coming for at least 10 years. The entire staff is awesome. So very caring, personable and compassionate. The office is extremely professional. I would highly recommend to anyone with dental need.

- Carol B

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It is always a pleasure coming to this practice for my dental care. I find staff cordial, professional and efficient. I have been a patient here for many years.

- Janice C

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My overall experience has been top notch at this office.

- Crystal B

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It was a better experience than i had expected considering the amount of infection and problems I had. It was not pain free but a lot less pain than I expected. My Results were excellent.

- Joyce K

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This office has always been helpful and courteous and I feel always have my best interest in mind.

- Sis S

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Very satisfied

- Tom L

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My experience in this office has been outstanding. Very satisfied that I was sent here. Dr. Arrington is a wonderful peiodontist

- Robert F

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Very impressed with the service. Interested in continuing to improve. Excited about my results. Makes me want to shout!

- Daisy T

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I have been coming here for a long time and Debbie always does an excellent job cleaning my teeth. Everyone here from front office to the doctors are outstanding.

- Joyce W

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I have special problems with my teeth. they have helped me with every one of them. They have helped me keep my smile Thanks

- Norman T

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I have been coming to see these guys for many years, even when Dr. Ford was still practicing. Dr. Kim is amazing! He has truly been a life saver in my periodontal issues which have been quite extreme. His is very thorough & excellent in his knowledge & expertise. Debbie is my dental hygienist and is fantastic at her job. She is kind, gentle, sweet & very thorough in her job as well. I know I am receiving the best care possible every time I come in. Thanks for all you do for me!!!

- Kathy G

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I have been coming here a long time and have always received great care!

- Ken T

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The instructions I was given prior to my laser surgery were for someone who had their won teeth. I was not aware of the fact that I could not wear my upper denture for two weeks. Nor was I aware that I could not floss that area for a long period. I do not feel that that was the best option for me. Dr. Strickland had done flap surgery on an area that was much more infected and it healed better and was much stronger. Had I been informed of the differences in the procedures and the healing process, I would not have done the laser surgery.

- Judy B

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Both Doctors Kim and Arrington are highly skilled and caring; would recommend either of them highly.

- Pamela W

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My experience in this dental office has been exceptional from the doctors and staff. I highly recommend them for your periodontal needs!!

- Joan G

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