Rod M. Rogge, DDS

Dental Implants, Periodontics, Cancer Screening, and more
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Root Planing
What's Involved With A Root Planing Procedure?

Root planing, or "deep cleaning" is a process where bacteria deposits under the gum are carefully and comfortably removed, to address more serious periodontal infection. As the space between the gum and tooth increases (periodontal pocketing), root planing is an alternative to surgical procedures, that allows the gum to "re-attach" to the teeth, producing a healthier, more functional state. Gentle use of local anesthetic is usually necessary to allow adequate removal of the bacteria, and to ensure that the patient is comfortable during, and after the procedure. In most cases, sophisticated medications are applied to the gum and tooth surface, to accelerate healing, and prevent relapse.