Scaling & Root Planing – The Gold Standard In Treating Gum Disease

Scaling and root planing removes the plaque and calculus that accumulate on teeth.

Scaling and root planning (periodontal debridement) is the most common therapy used to treat gum disease. Commonly known as SRP, it removes the plaque and calculus that accumulate on the teeth. If left untreated, the patient can experience severe gum inflammation, gum recession, and bone loss.

During SRP, ultrasonic instruments are typically first used to remove the larger deposits of plaque and calculus that are attached to the teeth. After this is done, hand scalers and curettes are used to remove the remaining deposits and ensure that the tooth surface is smooth. This smooth surface inhibits plaque formation, as the accumulations form more readily on rough surfaces. SRP has been shown to be an effective treatment for the early stages of gum disease, particularly mild forms of gingivitis.  SRP may be all that is required to bring these mild conditions under control.

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