Scaling is a non-surgical approach where dental plaque and tartar deposits on tooth and beneath the gums are removed by using an instrument called a scaler. Although it’s a common practice to manually scrape away deposits, at our Buford Dental Office we use state of the art ultrasonic dental cleaners, which use ultrasound vibrations to break up dental calculus. Root planning removes rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather, and helps remove bacteria that contribute to the disease. This gum disease treatment helps gum tissues to heal and gum pockets to shrink, with the help of prescribed medications. Deep cleaning helps prevent gum disease from spreading, and it may be able to reverse the signs of gingivitis, which is the earliest stage of gum disease.