Scaling and Root Planing

Certified periodontist

Painless deep cleaning

Preserving teeth from loosening

We comprehensively address even the most complex gum problems, including advanced periodontitis, and provide emergency dental care for loose teeth.

At Tetri’s Smile, our quality of service will exceed all your expectations.

What is Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing?

These procedures include the removal of soft and hard subgingival deposits, as well as bacterial plaque and tartar on tooth roots. This is an essential stage in treating periodontitis, performed when periodontal pockets are 5 mm or more in depth.

Do not confuse regular teeth cleaning (performed by a dental hygienist for gum disease prevention) with subgingival pocket cleaning (performed by a periodontal surgeon to treat gum problems).

Professional teeth cleaning involves removing soft/hard dental deposits exclusively from above the gumline.

Curettage implies a deep cleaning of hard deposits that have accumulated in the subgingival area.

Dental Scaling

Hard supra-gingival deposits are removed. Periodontal pockets are cleaned of inflamed granulation tissue and subgingival deposits, then rinsed with an antiseptic.

Root Planing

The surface of tooth roots is cleaned of necrotized cement. Subsequently, the tooth roots are polished to reduce the formation of new deposits.
Scaling and Root Planing

Dental Scaling and Root Planing by a Board Certified Periodontist

Dr. Baruch Tetri
Board-certified periodontis

Conservative gum treatment should be administered by a certified periodontist. Deep scaling and root planing, on the other hand, are performed by a periodontal surgeon.

About 80% of my patients come to me for complications arising from subpar periodontal treatment.

Other procedures I offer as a periodontist include gum grafting, gum recession treatment, and gingivectomy.

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Root planing – Cost

Scaling and root planing (segment)*
Scaling and root planing (full dental arch)*

*Scaling is a deep cleaning that is only necessary for patients with gum disease


5 Signs You Need Scaling and Root Planing

Abundant deposits below the gumline
Presence of periodontal pockets measuring 5 mm or more
Gum recession, detachment from the tooth
Loose, bleeding gums
Tooth mobility

Deep Scaling and Root Planing at Tetri's Smile

1. Consultation and Examination

The doctor conducts a computer tomography to assess the condition of the periodontium, the depth of gum pockets, the state of the roots, and the surrounding bone tissue.

2. Treatment

Dr. Tetri administers a local anesthesia injection, and performs an ultrasonic teeth cleaning to remove tartar. He cleans the tooth surfaces from pigmented deposits using AirFlow technology, and removes granulation tissue. Lastly, he treats the periodontal pockets with an antiseptic and polishes the surfaces of roots and enamel.
At Tetri’s Smile clinic, it is possible to conduct curettage under sedation. The treatment will take place in medicated conscious sedation – no pain or stress.

Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing - What to Expect

After curettage of periodontal (gum) pockets, the patient will experience:
No more persistent bad breath
Reduction in gum bleeding
Decreased heightened tooth sensitivity
Restoration of a tight gum-to-tooth fit
Closure of exposed tooth necks
Improvement in the appearance of their smile

Questions and Answers

Will it hurt during periodontal pocket curettage?

No, local anesthesia is sufficient to ensure that the patient does not experience any pain during the procedure.

If desired, the patient can opt for curettage under sedation in a medicated sleep.

Are there any complications possible after curettage?

In the first few days, teeth may be sensitive to cold/hot, sweet/sour foods. Increased tooth sensitivity usually subsides around the 7th day after the procedure.

Mild gum soreness (a natural response to root cleaning) may occur and typically completely disappears within 3-5 days.