Scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line to control the growth of harmful bacteria and restore health to the teeth and gums. It also helps the gums reattach firmly to the teeth by scraping and smoothing the root surfaces.

What to Expect

This type of cleaning goes deeper than regular hygiene appointments, and you may need a local anesthetic. It may require more than one appointment in order to clean each part of the mouth. During the cleaning, you will not feel any pain. After the appointment when the freezing wears off, you may experience sore gums, which can be alleviated by taking a painkiller.


Scaling and root planing can greatly improve the health of your teeth and gums, and reverse the damage of the periodontal disease. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits.