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Periodontal Maintenance Therapy


Scaling and Root Planing (SRP)

When gingivitis goes unchecked and bacterial levels in the mouth are above average a hygienist will diagnose a need for scaling and root planing (SRP).  At this stage gingivitis has progressed into peridontitis.  

A “deep cleaning” is truly a scaling and root planing treatment.  The treatment got this nickname because during the appointment the hygienist goes into every pocket along the teeth and scale and root plane between the gums and teeth.  This is one of the main differences between a standard clinical hygiene visit and a scaling and root planing treatment. Scaling of the tooth surfaces alone is not adequate for patients needing scaling and root planing under the gum line.  They require the cleaning of the teeth’s surfaces and the pockets between their teeth and gums. 

Scaling and root planing are recommended for patients with large buildup of plaque and tartar along their gums.  When there is a buildup of plaque or tartar the gums begin to recede, which is known as periodontal disease. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums, and when it goes untreated it becomes periodontitis.  Periodontitis occurs when the inflammation starts to affect the supporting tissue in the gums and supporting bone. If periodontitis goes unchecked then tooth loss and bone loss occurs. 

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Our team takes great pride in making you as comfortable as possible for this procedure and every procedure here at the office.  Whether you’d like a blanket, pillow, an ipad and headphones, or even a form of sedation or nitrous, we’ll take great care of you.  Just ask any of our team members for a comfort menu during your visit.