Scaling and Root Planing (SRP), commonly known as deep cleaning, is a non-surgical periodontal treatment aimed at managing gum disease by removing plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria from the tooth surfaces and below the gumline and along the roots of the teeth. This procedure is essential for preventing further progression of periodontal disease and maintaining good oral health.

Indications for SRP include:

  1. Moderate to advanced gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis)
  2. Bleeding gums
  3. Persistent bad breath
  4. Gum inflammation and redness
  5. Deep periodontal pockets

At Trident Smile Studio, Dr. Triplett performs SRP for patients with periodontal disease, up to a certain level of severity. The procedure involves the use of specialized dental instruments to carefully clean the tooth surfaces, including the root surfaces below the gumline, effectively reducing inflammation and promoting gum reattachment to the tooth.

It’s important to note that for patients with very deep periodontal pockets or advanced periodontal disease, a referral to a gum specialist, known as a periodontist, may be necessary for more specialized care.

Following SRP, maintaining good oral hygiene habits and attending regular dental checkups and cleanings are crucial in preventing the recurrence of gum disease and maintaining overall oral health.