Scaling and Root Planning

Scaling involves the removal of the plaque and calculus deposits on the tooth surfaces, while root planning is the smoothing of the root surfaces in order to promote reattachment of the gum tissue to the tooth.

When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, it is difficult for Dr. Berwald to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar. Patients can seldom, if ever, keep these pockets clean and free of plaque. Consequently, surgery may be needed to restore periodontal health and stop the progression of the disease process.