Scaling and Root Planing In Hyannis, MA
Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by bacteria accumulating on the surface of the teeth and below the gum line. It often leads to inflammation and bleeding and, if left untreated, can even lead to tooth loss.
At Hyannis Dental Partners, we use dental scaling and root planing as effective treatments for periodontal disease and promote healthy teeth and gums. Our experienced dentists remove dental plaque and calculus (tartar) from the enamel and below the gum line to treat gingivitis and moderate/severe periodontal disease.
What Is Periodontal Scaling And Root Planing?
Scaling and Root Planing (SRP) is a non-surgical deep cleaning procedure that targets the root surfaces of the teeth and gums to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar buildup. It is more thorough and intensive than regular dental cleaning and is typically done to help patients suffering from various periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis.
The process involves two procedures-
Scaling removes plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth and below the gumline using special instruments.
Root planing smoothes out the root surfaces of the teeth, which become rough and irregular due to bacteria buildup. The smoothing process helps to prevent future bacterial growth and can encourage the gums to reattach to the tooth surface.
Scaling and root planing can be very effective in patients suffering from receding gums due to periodontitis.
When Is SRP Necessary?
Our experienced dentists recommend gum scaling and root planing to patients with periodontal disease leading to inflammation, bleeding, and pain in the gums. Other symptoms of periodontal disease necessitating SRP include bad breath, receding gum line, and loose teeth. Periodontal disease can lead to serious health problems, and you might even lose teeth.
Even without periodontal disease, dentists at Hyannis Dental Partners might recommend SRP for patients with a lot of tartar buildup on the surface of their teeth. Patients who develop deep pockets between their teeth and gums that are difficult to clean with regular brushing and flossing can also benefit from the procedure.
SRP is a routine procedure we perform at Hyannis Dental Partners. The process begins with our dentist taking X-rays of your teeth and gums to assess the extent of the periodontal disease and determine the appropriate treatment plan.
It might take two to three appointments to finish the procedure, depending on the severity of your condition.
Our dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic during the procedure to minimize any discomfort. Then, they will use special tools to scrape off plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the enamel and below the gum line. Once the plaque and tartar are removed, the dentist will smooth the root surfaces to encourage gum attachment and prevent further bacterial growth.
Benefits Of SRP
SRP offers numerous benefits for patients, including:
- Reducing inflammation, bleeding, and swelling in the gums leads to healthier teeth and gums.
- Preventing further damage to the tooth and gums by removing harmful bacteria
- Promote overall health by reducing the chance of bacteria spreading to other body parts through the bloodstream.
- Enhanced appearance of teeth and gums to give you an even smile.