During a regular dental exam, if a patient’s gum pockets (also known as sulcus, the V-shaped grooves between the tooth and gums) are deeper than 3 millimeters, a scaling and root planning treatment is usually recommended. Scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar below the gumline and then smoothes the enamel of the tooth to prevent future build up. To help patients who have or are developing gum disease, board-certified periodontist Dr. Roberto Porras offers the nonsurgical gum disease treatment, scaling and root planing, at Texas Periodontal Associates in Houston. An SRP treatment can improve inflamed, bleeding gums and prevent other dental problems, like tooth loss and bacterial infections.
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Reasons for SRP Treatment
- To prevent or treat gum disease
- For a deep cleaning of plaque and calculus
- To prevent bacterial infections
- To protect teeth and bones from decay
- To improve the breath
A scaling and root planing treatment may be performed with or without local anesthesia depending on the patient’s preference and the doctor’s suggestion. The doctor will use a scaler to carefully remove the plaque and tartar below the gumline of each tooth. Once the gum pockets are cleaned, the doctor will plane (or smooth) the surface of the tooth to eliminate the crevices where plaque accumulates. In some cases, the gum pockets may be treated with antibiotics to minimize irritation and promote faster healing of the gum tissue.
Patients should not have any pain or discomfort after their SRP treatment, but it is important that the patient follow a regular oral care routine, including brushing the teeth at least twice a day, flossing every day, using any products recommended by your doctor, and scheduling biannual dental exams and cleanings. If needed, the doctor or a member of his staff can demonstrate proper technique for brushing and flossing. If the patient still has gum pockets deeper than 3 millimeters at their next oral exam, additional scaling and root planing procedures may be performed along with more advanced treatments.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $150 - $500
- Recovery Time
- 48 hours
- How Long It Takes
- 1 hour
- Follow Up Time
- 7-10 days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Bacteria Can't Hide
To protect the teeth and mouth, scaling and root planing treats early signs of gum disease to prevent bacterial infections, gum inflammation, and more serious oral diseases. Scaling and root planing eliminates areas where bacteria likes to hide, so the teeth and gums are healthier and the breath is fresher.