Can you see your gums pulling away from your teeth? You might want to consider scaling and planning. It is a procedure to clean your with little or no discomfort. It is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it progresses. Use of specialised tools like ultrasonic tool for scaling and planning makes the procedure less uncomfortable than the use of standard scraping tool.
In this process, cleaning is done between the gums and the teeth down to the roots. Your gums and roots of your teeth would be numbed with a local anesthetic. During scaling your dentist would remove all the plaque and tartar above and below your gumline and clean all the way down to the bottom of the socket. The next step is root planning where your dentist will smoothen out your teeth roots and help your gums reattach to your teeth. Then to help speed healing and prevent infection your dentist may use antibiotics. This procedure can take more than one dental visit.