When evaluating your oral health, our doctor and hygienists seek to treat any areas in need of attention in the most efficient manner. We seek to avoid surgical measures to control cost and prevent invasive procedures when possible. Non-surgical periodontal treatments include a professional dental cleaning along with scaling and root planing. A professional dental cleaning allows your dentist to remove plaque and tartar that has built up above and below the gum line. A professional dental cleaning is generally performed during your general checkup. Scaling and root planing are additional non-surgical procedures for removing hardened plaque and tartar from the mouth. This second procedure targets deeper pockets affected by bacterial buildup. Performed under local anesthesia, your hygienist will clean the affected areas above and below the gum line (scaling) and will smooth the root of any hardened bacteria (planing). In some cases, additional microbial therapy is required to effectively treat any contaminated areas. Both of these procedures target the bacteria that if left untreated, can produce acids that eat away at your teeth leading to tooth decay and gum disease. If you live in or around Columbus and you have questions about gum treatments or think you may be in need of additional cleaning, please call our offices or fill out an online appointment request form to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled professionals today. Our doctor and hygienists are experts in evaluating your oral health and will advise you along the appropriate treatment process.