+BOARD CERTIFIED IN PERIODONTOLOGY AND DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY+
The initial stage of treatment for periodontal disease is usually a thorough cleaning that may include scaling and root planing. The objective of these non-surgical procedures is to remove etiologic agents such as dental plaque and tartar, or calculus, which cause gingival inflammation and disease. Scaling and root planing can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or a preventative measure. It is commonly performed on cases of gingivitis and slight periodontitis (minimal pocketing).
After approximately 4 weeks, new probing measurements are taken. If deep pockets persist, patients can seldom, if ever, keep these pockets clean and free of plaque. Consequently, surgery may be needed to restore periodontal health. If pockets have resolved, the patient will be placed on a 3 month alternating cleaning schedule with their dentist.