Our offices perform the non-surgical gum treatment, also referred to as "scaling and root planing." This treatment is indicated when the patient shows early to moderate signs of periodontal disease with tartar and calculus present, especially below the gums. Remember, untreated periodontal disease is a serious infection that can lead to tooth loss. For this procedure, the patient is anesthetized, and the hygienists perform the deep cleaning under the gums. Generally, these patients are put on a 3-4 month hygiene checkups.