Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing Elk Grove, CA

Remove excess calculus/tartar, plaque and bacteria with a deep cleaning.

When you have a dental tooth cleaning our hygienists evaluate your periodontal health. When a diagnosis of periodontal disease is noted sometimes it calls for further treatment called scaling and root planing (debridement). This procedure is a deep cleaning done to remove excess calculus/tartar, plaque and bacteria that have formed on the teeth and below the gum line.

The hygienist may use an ultrasonic scaler, periodontal hand scalers, or curettes to carefully removes all deposits on the visible surface of the tooth and below the gum line. Most appointments require a mild anesthetic to help relieve patient discomfort or stress. This procedure helps smooth the affected areas of disease, tighten gum tissue and prevent build up on teeth in the future.


Dentists agree that dental deep cleanings are the best way to treat patients with chronic gum disease. The American Academy of Periodontology recommends dentists offer deep cleanings when X-rays show bone loss and a full-mouth exam reveals one or more gum pockets greater than 4 millimeters deep.
In most cases, one side of the mouth is cleaned in each of two office visits. The average time per visit will range from 45 to 60 minutes. In some cases, depending on the needs of the patient, Dr. Bellamy may do only one quadrant in each of 4 visits.