What is Scaling and Root Planing? A Comprehensive Guide

Learn about scaling & root planing, a deep cleaning procedure used to treat gum disease. Find out why it's recommended for periodontitis & how it can help protect your oral health.

What is Scaling and Root Planing? A Comprehensive Guide

Root scraping and smoothing is a deep cleansing procedure used to treat gum disease, which is caused by a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. In dentistry, this process is also known as deep cleaning. During the procedure, tartar (hardened minerals) that can stick to the teeth is removed. If you have periodontitis (advanced gum disease), you may need scaling and root planing treatments. These treatments are commonly recommended by Premier Periodontics specialists to treat periodontitis.

Depending on your condition, you may need more than one visit to the dentist for the procedure. Regular care of your teeth and mouth is important for the prevention of gum disease and recovery after scaling and root planing. Dentists often use this process as the first step in treating gum disease. Most cases of chronic periodontal disease can be successfully controlled by eliminating bacteria and tartar during scaling and root planing. However, if the condition progresses to periodontitis, you'll likely need treatment for gum disease, such as scaling and root planing (SRP), to protect your oral health. Scaling and root planing are often considered effective if these goals are met and periodontal health is maintained.

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