Professional mechanical plaque removal (PMPR) is the most common treatment for achieving gum health and periodontal stability. There have been many names for this treatment over time for example root planing, non-surgical periodontal treatment, sub gingival scaling or debridement. It involves professionally cleaning plaque and calculus above and below the gumline into the gum pocket. Deep cleaning allows the gum pocket to heal and often close, thereby reducing the pocket. A shallower gum pocket in turn will help prevent additional bone loss and so avoid tooth loss.
This treatment can vary depending on the severity and amount of gum disease, but generally a course of treatment is divided into 2 to 4 separate sessions. During your appointment a local anaesthetic injection will be placed in the gum next to the teeth being treated. When the gum and teeth are completely numb, we use the most advanced ultrasonic equipment, being the EMS Airflow® Master with temperature control, to remove plaque and calculus above and below the gumline and into the gum pocket. The treatment is pain free and has a fast recovery.