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Scaling and Root Planing

AAP treatment guidelines stress that periodontal health should be achieved in the least invasive and most cost-effective manner. This is often accomplished through non-surgical periodontal treatment, including scaling and root planing (a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus [tartar] from deep, periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins), followed by adjunctive therapy, such as local delivery antimicrobials and host modulation, as needed on a case-by-case basis.

Tooth scaling provided by periodontist in Louisville KY

Tooth Scaling

Root planing provided by periodontist in Louisville KY

Root Planing

 

Most periodontists would agree that after scaling and root planing, many patients do not require any further active treatment, including surgical therapy. However, the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance therapy, to sustain health. Non-surgical therapy does have its limitations, however, and when it does not achieve periodontal health, surgery may be indicated to restore periodontal anatomy damaged by periodontal diseases and to facilitate oral hygiene practices.