Root-Planing is a way of helping to halt gum disease.It involves deep scaling ,to clean parts of teeth below the gum line, which cannot be reached with a toothbrush.
Root-Planing cleans out the pockets,and removes plaque and tartar from the tooth roots. After a tooth has been root-planed ,the pocket should shrink ,making the gum sit closer to the tooth. You then need to be especially careful about cleaning the teeth above the gum line.Root-Planing will probably need to be repeated regularly
Root-Planing takes longer than a normal scale and polish,and is sometimes done under a local anaesthetic. A course of treatment can be 3-4 visits usually a month between each visit, and your pockets can be irrigated with an antimicrobial solution like chlorhexidine.
A pocket depth chart is usually done on the first visit,which is known as a periodontal assessment to see where the deepest pockets are.