What Is Scaling and Root Planing?
In cases where periodontal (gum) disease is diagnosed in the primary phase, commonly known as gingivitis, it is typically resolved with a professional dental cleaning called prophylaxis and heightened oral health practices. However, when your gum disease advances to the second phase, called periodontitis, we recommend scaling and root planing (SRP) treatments. Scaling and root planing is a nonsurgical gum disease solution that gets rid of plaque, tartar, and bacteria from behind your gum tissues. Performed by our experienced Boston, MA dental professionals, we smooth the outsides of the tooth roots within periodontal pockets with specially designed dental tools. SRP offers a better environment for your gum tissues and halts the gum disease from progressing further. If you notice signs of periodontitis, schedule a consultation at Downtown Boston Dental to find out more about scaling and root planing.
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Can I Have SRP?
You may be a candidate for SRP treatments if you experience bloody or sensitive gums, foul breath, gumline separation, or another sign of periodontal disease. At your exam, our staff will evaluate the pockets between your teeth and gums. When these spaces are over three millimeters deep and x-rays show that there is bone loss, we will likely suggest scaling and root planing. This gum disease option should reduce the depth of the gum pockets and can allow you to clean your gums using more efficient methods. Periodontal disease diagnosed in the periodontitis phase can frequently be addressed with SRP treatments at Downtown Boston Dental.
SRP Treatment Process
SRP treatment at our Boston, MA office is typically done in quadrants of the mouth over the course of 1 – 4 visits. To ensure that you feel comfortable, we might use a general anesthetic. Sedation may also be offered if you are nervous when getting dental care. Once we're ready to get started, one of our hygienists will use an ultrasonic root scaler and handheld tools to thoroughly remove buildup and bacteria from within your gum pockets. Your tooth-root surfaces will then be evened out (planed) to minimize the regions where harmful bacteria gather. We may administer antibiotics deep into the periodontal pockets to encourage gum wellness and help manage bacterial accumulation.
Following Scaling and Root Planing Therapy
You may experience some redness and gum pain for a few days following your scaling and root planing therapy. This can usually be soothed by nonprescription pain meds and warm salt water rinses. Good oral health habits, like toothbrushing and flossing each day, are vital for sustaining your gum wellness. We might also suggest you have periodic periodontal maintenance treatments to lessen the chances of recurring infections and to better manage your gum health. These gum maintenance visits are frequently scheduled 3 – 4 times a year and can replace twice-yearly dental cleanings.
Insurance Coverage for Scaling and Root Planing
Downtown Boston Dental is happy to provide scaling and root planing to our patients with gum disease. This treatment could be covered in part by insurance plans. If you have insurance, someone from our team can reach out to your provider to figure out the total benefits before figuring out any extra costs you will incur. We accept many payment options, like dental payment programs, to help make your dental solution more accessible.
Stop Gum Disease with SRP
Thanks to enhancements in the oral care field, we have cutting-edge technologies and tools that allow us to target and eliminate problems caused by periodontal disease. At Downtown Boston Dental, our team provides noninvasive scaling and root planing to treat the periodontitis stage of periodontal disease and help keep it from worsening. Call for a periodontal examination at our Boston, MA office, or reach out to our team for more information on SRP.