Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy

Scaling and root planning (SC/RP) are deep cleaning of the root surfaces. The goal is to remove plaque and calculus [tartar] from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. SC/RP is often followed by adjunctive therapy, such as local delivery of antimicrobials, systemic antibiotics and host modulation, as needed on a case-by-case basis.