Scaling and Root Planing
The best way to prevent tartar or calculus build up is daily brushing and flossing, but even the best miss some plaque here and there, which eventually hardens into tartar. Your dentist will need to remove this with “scaling.” Your dentist will use a scaler to manually remove tartar from below the gum line or employ an ultrasound vibration to extract it.
“Root planing” goes a bit further to smooth out rough and craggy places in your teeth where plaque likes to build up. By smoothing those away, your dentist can help you avoid and fight gum disease.
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