Root Planing and Scaling
Root planing and scaling is a non-surgical procedure for removing plaque and dental calculus from the mouth. These substances adhere to the teeth as sticky or hardened residues and are the result of bacterial colonies under the gums. If the plaque and bacteria are not removed frequently they can produce acids which promote tooth decay and gingivitis. Root planing and scaling is the most effective way to treat gum disease before it becomes severe and chronic. It is also usually the first step in treating more advanced periodontal disease.
Root planing and scaling provides a much deeper effort than a standard teeth cleaning and is performed by a dental hygienist. The hygienists at York Dental Clinic are very skilled in this procedure.