Periodontics & Dental Implants

625 E. Nicollet Blvd. Suite 330

Burnsville, MN 55337 US

(952) 435-0333

Scaling And Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing

Set of curettes

Curette under gum

Using curette on model

Curette entering pocket

Curette in pocket

Curette cleaning pocket

Using an ultrasonic scaler

With early and moderate pockets, up to 5 mm in depth, adequate pocket debridement is generally possible. However, with pockets over 5 mm, much of the root calculus is missed. Many studies have shown that deeper pockets are cannot be adequately cleaned with any technique, unless the gum is reflected to improve access. This minor surgical procedure consists of making a small incision to push back the gum edge, allowing access to deeper areas. This is known as open flap curettage, and is done under local anesthesia. Sutures are generally used, but there is little post-operative discomfort.