Scaling and Root Planing

Nonsurgical therapy includes the use of oral hygiene self-care, periodontal instrumentation, and antimicrobial therapy to prevent, arrest or eliminate periodontal disease. The goal of scaling and root planing is to remove pathogenic organisms and their byproducts and other contributing factors such as plaque, calculus, and overhanging restorations to restore healthy microbial flora and periodontal health.