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.

When working underneath the gum line, the clinician is usually unable to see the calculus that they are trying to remove, relying only on their feel for roughness of the tooth. The lack of visual feedback and the complex anatomy of each tooth impose significant limitations on the efficacy of treatment. Left to their own devices, bacteria can travel into the bloodstream, potentially threatening the patient’s overall health. In more severe cases of gum disease, such as advanced periodontitis, more bacteria need to be removed, and SRP may be augmented with other treatments and procedures.

PeriowaveTM is an adjunct treatment to SRP. It is a painless, safe, and non-invasive procedure that has been used in over 70,000 treatments. By inactivating the bacteria and toxins that SRP leaves behind, PeriowaveTM can significantly improve patient outcomes, this is especially important for patient’s with advanced gum disease.

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