Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a common non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease. By using special instruments, we remove bacteria and infection from the unhealthy deep pockets around the tooth below the gumline. This is often referred to as "deep cleaning". First, the tooth is scaled to remove the plaque and tartar that has accumulated on the tooth and the roots. Then the root is planed or smoothed. This eliminates any rough areas on the root that can easily trap plaque and bacteria.
Home care regimen
A home care routine specific to the patient's individual needs given to them to keep the area clean. A smooth clean root provides a healthy environment to allow the gums to heal naturally and reattach to the clean root. This will create a reduced pocket, therefore eliminating areas for bacteria to hide and cause further disease.
Recent advances in periodontal treatment allow to now place antibiotic directly at the site of infection. This happens on rare occasions if the infection does not respond to scaling/root planing and home care.