Scaling and root planing is one of the most common ways to treat periodontal disease. It may be used alone in patients with early-stage periodontal disease and in conjunction with other treatments for more advanced stages of the condition. Our Sherman Oaks periodontist can help you decide if a scaling and root planing, or SRP, procedure is right for you.
Plaque is a sticky biofilm that forms on your teeth and can harden into tartar over time. Although plaque can attach to any tooth surface, it is most attracted to rougher surfaces, such as those on the roots. When a person has gum disease, the gums will naturally pull away from the teeth, exposing more sensitive root structure to plaque and bacteria. An SRP procedure can eliminate the buildup below the gum line and smooth the tooth roots. Anesthetic may be offered for your comfort. Once the tissues are numb, an ultrasonic instrument will remove heavy tartar and plaque deposits. Hand tools may be used to remove smaller deposits. The entire area will be irrigated to clean and flush debris from the teeth and gums. Finally, the roots of the teeth will be smoothed to reduce the risk of future buildup and promote healing.
An SRP may be completed over the course of several appointments, and most people recover quickly. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in scaling and root planing in Sherman Oaks.