Scaling and Root Planing

General Information & Overview

Scaling and root planing is a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus, as know as tartar, from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. This deep cleaning has two parts. Scaling is when your periodontist removes all the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) above and below the gum line, making sure to clean all the way down to the bottom of the pocket.  Scaling and root planing will typically take more than one visit to complete.

After a deep cleaning, you may have pain for a day or two and teeth sensitivity for up to a week. Your gums also may be swollen, feel tender and bleed. To prevent infection, control pain or help you heal, your periodontist may prescribe a pill or mouth rinse or adjunctive therapy such as local delivery antimicrobials, systemic antibiotics, and host modulation. A follow-up visit will be scheduled to see how your gums have healed and then measure the depth of your pockets. If they have gotten deeper, more treatment may be needed.

The Benefits

If treatment is successful, scaling and planing may have many periodontal benefits.

  • It can help prevent disease.
  • Remove bacteria that cause from periodontal infections can travel through the bloodstream and affect other areas of the body, sometimes causing heart and respiratory diseases.
  • Protect teeth against tooth loss.
  • Reduce bad breath caused from food particles and bacteria in the oral cavity.
  • It can make the mouth more aesthetically pleasing by removing superficial stains.

Acharya Periodontics COVID-19 Update

The safety and well-being of our patients and staff is a top priority at Acharya Periodontics.
We are adhering to the guidelines set forth by both the CDC and The Virginia Department of Health as
we monitor developments related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We will continue to
implement strategies recommended by public health authorities.

As part of our own aseptic routine, we perform regular environmental cleaning that meets guidelines for
viral disinfection. We have also increased the frequency of cleanings and broad-spectrum disinfectants
used throughout the building. As usual, our patient areas are sanitized and sterilized as recommended
by the American Dental Association.

We will continue to monitor the situation, seek guidance and best practices from the appropriate health
authorities and share additional information as warranted.

We request that any patient, guest or any other member of Acharya Periodontics who does not feel
well, exhibits signs of infection, or has been in proximity to infected persons avoid entering the

Also, if you have traveled within the last 2 weeks international or domestic, please inform our staff via
telephone or email before your visit.

We will be glad to reschedule any appointments. Please call us at 540-283-0959 or email at .