Scaling/Root Planing √

Scaling and root planing is non-surgical periodontal treatment. It is needed for pockets measuring 4 mm or greater. Scaling and root plaining utilizes local anesthetic to numb the area prior to cleaning, as this cleaning takes place under the gumline along the root surfaces. In most cases, a full mouth scaling and root planing will be split into multiple appointments. Following scaling and root plaining as the gum tissue heals, it is common to experience hot and cold sensitivity. This is due to shrinking of the tissue which may expose more sensitive root surfaces. Sensodyne toothpaste can be used to help this symptom. If sensitivity is not responsive please contact Dr. Ratliff.