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The initial stage of treatment for periodontal disease is usually a thorough cleaning that may include Scaling and Root Planning. The objective of these non-surgical procedures is to remove etiologic agents such as dental plaque and tartar, or calculus, which cause gingival inflammation and disease. Scaling and root planing can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or a preventative measure. They are commonly performed on cases of gingivitis and moderate to severe periodontal disease.
Walnut Creek Dentist Dr. Juila Lee will only perform scaling and root planing after a thorough examination of the mouth, which may include taking x-rays and visually examining the mouth. Depending on the condition of the gums, the amount of tartar present, the depth of the pockets, and the progression of periodontitis, Walnut Creek Dentist Dr. Juila Lee may recommend scaling and root planing. In some cases, a local anesthesia may be used during the procedure.