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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My experience has always been the best. Been a patient for many years. Love them all!

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Patient Review by Alecia H

I have been coming to this office for years. I have always given good direction for handling my periodontal problems. The doctors and staff are always very pleasant and helpful.

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Patient Review by Rita F

I feel very comfortable and I get excellent care and good advice. I have been a patient here for many years and have all confidence in Dr. Kim and staff.

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Patient Review by Kenny W

I feel this office takes good care of my dental needs. I highly recommend them as an exceptional Periodontal practice!!

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I have been a long term patient and have been very pleased with everyone in the office.

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Always take good care of me. Friendly and knowledgable.

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Great Visit Friendly people

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Patient Review by Janet B

Very satisfied overall

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Patient Review by Anne B

The staf is so helpful love coming to see Carolyn

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Patient Review by Linda H

I love this office and the staff! They very efficient and professional!

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Patient Review by Angela S

Very satisfied with care.

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Patient Review by Lynette T

I've been a patient for over 30 years and have always found staff and doctors courteous and proficient. Would highly recommend!

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Patient Review by Jesse

A very professional, friendly, and helpful experience. Would recommend this practice to anyone. I drive one hour and 15 minutes to continue coming to this practice to take care of my periodontal needs.

- Jesse

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Patient Review by Martha B

Everyone is friendly and helpful. The cleanings are excellent with explanations of procedures and clear directions of what is being done and problem areas to be particularly mindful of .

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Patient Review by Clifton G

Everyone is courteous and professional. Good experience.

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Patient Review by Victor T

Everything good and satisfied.

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Patient Review by Charles J

Overall very satisfied.

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Patient Review by John C

Staff was very friendly and efficient. Staff is good as Gold. Dr. Kim is great.

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I really enjoy each one of office visits cause the staff is so friendly and professional that they make me feel very relax and comfortable at my appointments.

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Patient Review by Carrie W

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.

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