Scaling & Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)


Root scaling and planing (often called deep cleaning) is a non-surgical procedure used to remove plaque and tartar under the gum line and to promote good gum health. There are some difference between scaling and root planing. Scaling is basically the process of removing dental tartar from the surfaces of the teeth, whereas root planing is the process of smoothening the root surfaces and removing any infected tooth structure. Often, the two processes tend to blur together since during the cleaning process, tartar is scaled away and any necessary root planing is performed at the same time. Any roughness can be planed away to result in a silky smooth surface.