Scaling and root planning is most commonly called a deep cleaning, this is the initial phase of treating someone who has active periodontitis. This procedure includes cleaning inside of the periodontal pockets and smoothing any rough surfaces along the root of the tooth. To alleviate discomfort, we can provide a very effective anesthetic which is virtually painless to apply.
As with any infection, sensitivity may result during and after this process. The goal of this procedure is to minimize the disease causing bacteria, which in turn allows the gums to begin the healing process. This will result in shallower pocket depths around the effected teeth.