Root planing and scaling
This extensive cleaning treatment is provided by the hygienist for patients who have tartar, calculus, and bacteria buried below the gum line of the tooth. Your regular tooth-brushing and flossing removes the tartar that is above the gum line of your tooth, while root planing and scaling helps to prevent and in some cases to treat gum disease. This technique is most often used when the gum pockets of your tooth have a measurement that is greater than 3mm (average pocket depth is less than 3mm). When tartar and calculus attach to your tooth below the gum line, they pull the gum tissue away from the tooth creating the deep pocket. The tartar and calculus must be removed so that the gum can heal and close the pocket to less than 3mm. If not treated, the tartar and bacteria will begin to cause gum disease and will deteriorate your bone, tissue and teeth.
I hate going to the dentist. But after 4+ years of avoiding going, it was time to bite the bullet. Glad I ended up at Maple Grove Dental. Instead of taking shortcuts with painful equipment, my hygienist cleaned by teeth gently by hand. The dentist himself was extremely nice and gentle. If I had known going to the dentist could be this painless, I would have gone years ago.
– Leslie A.