Scaling and Root Planing (SRPs)
A Scaling and Root Planing procedure is a deep cleaning technique that removes the infection from beneath the gum line. This procedure is usually the first step in allowing the gums to begin to heal and helping to return your mouth to a healthy state.
Your Hygienist will perform dental scaling using special tools, either manual tools, ultrasonic instruments, or a combination of the two. Sonic vibrations are used to remove the buildup of plaque, tartar, and biofilm from the tooth surfaces as well as under the gum line. In addition to this deep-cleaning method, the Hygienist performs root planing, which smooths out the surfaces of the tooth root. Uneven surfaces provide a safe haven for bacteria to build up, eventually forming a biofilm, plaque, and tartar. It is more difficult for bacteria to collect on smoother surfaces, so planing not only helps eliminate plaque and tartar that has built up, but also helps prevent future buildup that can lead to a recurrence of gum disease.
Scaling and root planing treatment is usually done in two visits to ensure a very thorough deep clean. This deep clean can leave your mouth sore, so breaking up the visits allows part of your mouth to heal for a short time before the next section is cleaned.
After your scaling and root planing treatment, be sure to take good care of your teeth and gums by brushing and flossing regularly and visiting Deer Run Dentistry about every 3-4 months. If you practice good dental hygiene after treatment for gum disease, your gums can recover, and you can avoid recurring Gum Disease in the future.