What is the Purpose of Scaling and Root Planing?

What is the Purpose of Scaling and Root Planing?Scaling and root planing is a specific type of deep cleaning procedure that Dr. Frame, our dentist in Santa Clara, may recommend if you have symptoms of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a serious oral infection that can cause red or swollen gums, bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, tooth movement, and tooth or gum pain. Left untreated, it can cause significant damage.

In many cases, the first step in treating periodontal disease is scaling and root planing, or SRP. An SRP removes the buildup that is irritating your gums. Gums can begin to pull away from teeth when they are affected by periodontal disease. This can allow even more plaque and tartar to build up and the infection to progress deeper into your mouth.

If you are a candidate for a SRP, Dr. Frame will begin by scaling your teeth. This removes built-up plaque and tartar, which contains harmful bacteria. Teeth are carefully cleaned above and below the gum line to remove the most bacteria possible. Once your teeth are completely clean, Dr. Frame will perform the root planing. The roots of your teeth will be smoothed, which helps the gums reattach. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in scaling and root planing in Santa Clara.