Scaling and Root Planing in Cherry Hill, NJ
If gum disease has been identified and has taken hold, you may need a deep cleaning. This is done using scaling and root planing. These procedures eliminate plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth and also get deep into the gum line where they can settle into pockets. The procedures are done using both ultrasonic instruments and manual tools. Brushing and flossing will simply not reach those pockets and will not eliminate the bacteria that can rapidly build up and multiply. Once gum disease takes hold, it can harm your teeth and also damage any restorations you have had done.
Usually, root planing and scaling are done over the course of two appointments and Dr. Bernstein may also want to see you for a follow-up appointment to make sure your gums are getting healthier. Following your treatment, you will of course have to brush and floss regularly and also have professional cleanings every six months.