Deep scaling is routinely performed to help patients with gum disease and excessive plaque buildup. While a standard cleaning will address the surface of the tooth, scaling goes much deeper.
Scaling is a common dental procedure for patients with gum disease. This is a type of dental cleaning that reaches below the gumline to remove plaque buildup. The process of scaling and root planning the teeth is often referred to as a deep cleaning
Dental scaling is typically followed by a procedure known as root planning. Root planning reaches deeper to address the surface of the tooth’s root. This is done in the same manner as scaling. Root planning smooths the surface of the root so the gums can reattach properly.