Scaling and Root Planing
The initial stage of treatment involves non-surgical periodontal debridement. This involves the removal of biofilm (soft plaque) and calculus (tartar) from above and below the gum-line and into any deep pockets (bony defects) that may be present.This initial phase of treatment will likely involve multiple appointments, and is typically performed under local anesthetic for comfort. Depending on the severity of the case, local chemo-therapeutic agents and anti-microbial rinses (Chlorhexidine) may be incorporated into treatment. This is the first step to reaching periodontal health and stability.