Scaling and root planing, otherwise known as SRP, is a special type of dental procedure performed to clean beneath the gums. This deep cleaning is used to treat gum disease and keep the mouth healthy.
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical dental procedure used to treat periodontal disease. It involves the deep cleaning of teeth and their roots to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria that have accumulated below the gumline. The process helps prevent further gum and bone deterioration and promotes overall oral health.
This article will provide an overview of what SRP is and why it is so important for optimal oral health.
What are the indications for Scaling & Root Planning
- Removal of dental plaque and tartar deposits
- Elimination of periodontal pockets
- Smoothing of tooth root surfaces to remove bacterial toxins
- Reduction of inflammation around the gums
- Restoration of normal pocket depths
- Improvement of biting force
- Reduction of gingival recession
- Prevention of further bone loss
How are Scaling and root planing performed?
- Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure for treating gum disease.
- The dentist will first use a scaling tool to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth, below and above the gum line.
- The root planing process then follows, which involves smoothing out any rough spots on the roots of the teeth that can trap bacteria.
- After this is completed, the dentist will apply a local anesthetic to reduce discomfort and apply an antibacterial solution to help reduce further infection.
- Finally, the dentist may also prescribe medications such as antibiotics to prevent infections.
Scaling and root planing may be done over multiple visits, depending on the severity of the periodontal disease.
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