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Periodontal Scaling


The objective of scaling and root planing, otherwise known as conventional periodontal therapy or non-surgical periodontal therapy, is to remove or eliminate the etiologic agents which cause inflammation: dental plaque, its products and calculus, thus helping to establish a periodontium that is free of disease.  Periodontal scaling procedures "include the removal of plaque, calculus and stain from the crown and root surfaces of teeth, whereas root planing is a specific treatment that removes the roughened cementum and surface dentin that is impregnated with calculus, microorganisms and their toxins." Scaling and root planing are often referred to as deep cleaning, and may be performed using a number of dental tools, including ultrasonic instruments and hand instruments, such as periodontal scalers and curettes. It will not restore the loss of gum tissue from the gum disease. It will however, remove the infection and get the disease process under control. It is then followed by a periodontal maintenance program. At Platinum Dental in Tyler we utilize a soft tissue diode laser in conjunction with periodontal scaling and root planing. The laser helps to heal the tissues and kill the bacteria.