Scaling and Root Planing

Dr. Jay R. Heim, DDS offers patients several treatments for gum disease, and one of the most effective of these procedures is scaling and root planing. If you suffer from gum disease, this may be a great treatment option for you. To learn more about scaling and root planing in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist and team.

Scaling and root planing is one of the most common and effective treatments recommended for gum disease before it becomes severe. This is a deep cleaning treatment that includes two main steps:

  • SCALING:  This is the process where we remove plaque and tartar (dental calculus) from the tooth surface.
  • ROOT PLANING: This is the process that involves cleaning the roots of the teeth, smoothing the root to remove bacterial toxins.

The goals of scaling and root planing are to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar, and to halt the progress of the disease. While most scaling and root planing treatments can be completed comfortably without anesthetic, our dentist is happy to offer anesthetic and other comfort options to make certain that you feel at ease during your treatment. The scaling and root planing treatment may be split up into several appointments, in which we treat one section of the mouth at each appointment.