Scaling and root planing begins by first administering a local anesthetic to numb the teeth and the surrounding gum tissues so that the patient is comfortable during the procedure.
Special dental instruments are used to remove the calculus (tartar) and plaque from above and below the gumline. In many cases, a subgingival irrigation can be used to deliver an antimicrobial agent below the gums that can help reduce oral bacteria.
During or following scaling and root planing therapy, Dr. Marra and Dr. Layne may recommend the gum pockets are treated with an antibiotic therapy. This will soothe irritation and promote a faster healing response after therapy.
Dr. Marra and Dr. Layne may recommend that the patient returns about 4-6 weeks after the initial therapy. During this appointment, the Dr. Marra and Dr. Layne or his hygienist will thoroughly examine the gums to see how well the pockets have healed. If the gum pockets have not healed to the expected results, additional and more intensive treatments may be indicated.