Gum disease affects nearly half of all adults over the age of 30. As the disease progresses, small pockets form around your teeth, allowing plaque, bacteria and debris to gather in this area and further infect the gums. Over time, gum disease can lead to tooth and bone loss. A scaling and root planing is performed to help clean these small pockets and allow the gums to heal more closely to the teeth.
You’re a good candidate for a scaling and root planing if you have mild, moderate and even severe gum disease. While there are other periodontal treatments available for gum disease, this particular procedure has been used for decades to help reverse the damage caused by the disease. It’s crucial that you have the procedure done as soon as you learn you have gum disease.