Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing

The presence of gum disease or excessive plaque buildup are indications for scaling and root planing (SRP). Sometimes referred to as a “deep cleaning”, SRP involves removing tartar and bacteria that sits below the gum-line and along the root surface of the tooth.

Bleeding gums, bad breath, excessive buildup and deep pockets around the teeth are all signs of advanced gum disease. If these symptoms are present, prompt treatment will avoid the progression of gum disease and potential tooth loss.

Either the dentist or hygienist will perform the Scaling and Root Planing and an anesthetic will be used to minimize any discomfort.

Using an ultrasonic or hand scaler, the hygienist will remove any plaque or tartar from each tooth and underneath the gum line.  The hygienist will do the same for the roots and smooth all rough areas. The removal of plaque and tartar will allow the gums to heal and reattach to the tooth firmly.

Scaling and root planing often will often be broken up into multiple visits, and patients normally will return every 3-4 months for subsequent deep cleanings in what is called Periodontal Maintenance.

If you are experiencing symptoms of periodontal gum disease, schedule an appointment with us for a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan.  Our cleaning appointments will also include Oral Hygiene Instructions to help guide patients with their home care.