Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing

Root Planing and Scaling is a dental procedure North Raleigh Periodontics utilizes as a non-surgical alternative to achieving periodontal health.  Scaling is a deep cleaning of the teeth below and above the gum line to remove hard calculus and plaque.


Root scaling involves carefully planing the root surface generally in areas deeper than 3 millimeters and removing plaque and calculus that has accumulated on the root and making the root smooth. A local anesthetic is used for root planing and scaling to make the procedure more comfortable. It may take two to three visits to complete this procedure.


To maintain this condition, your dentist will recommend an oral hygiene program. Often, antibiotics are prescribed to help kill any remaining bacteria.