While nearly everyone experiences the first stage of periodontal disease or gingivitis, about 10% of the population goes on to develop destructive periodontal (gum) disease. However, with the proper treatment as soon as possible, you can return to good oral health. One conservative treatment plan your dentist may suggest is root planing—a treatment aimed at cleaning the affected root surfaces to remove bacteria and their byproducts. Together with proper daily oral hygiene, root planing often completely eliminates the need for more invasive gum surgery. It is very effective for helping control inflammation, infection, and helping return your gum tissues to health.
Learn more about this important procedure, from the reasons causing the need for it to the actual procedure and what to expect afterwards in Root Planing .