: Scaling and Root Planing - Periodontics of Southern Illinois

Scaling and Root Planing

At times, periodontal health can be achieved through non-surgical periodontal treatment. Dr. Renner, Dr. Stanczyk or Dr. Bushong may recommend scaling and root planning procedures. These procedures are performed utilizing a local anesthetic. They involve the careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the root surface to remove bacterial toxins. After theses procedures, the patient will require ongoing periodontal maintenance therapy to sustain their periodontal health. They will need to get frequent dental cleanings and maintain good home care.

Non-surgical therapy does have its limitations, however, and when it does not achieve periodontal health, surgery may be indicated to restore periodontal anatomy damaged by periodontal diseases and to facilitate oral hygiene practices

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