YourSmile Dentistry

Dr. Sha Tao, D.M.D.
Creating Beautiful Smiles For You

Scaling and Root Planing

The objective of scaling & root planning is to remove dental plaque and tartar (Calculus) which cause inflammation to the gingival (gum) tissue and surrounding bone. These procedures are performed as a preventative measure for a periodontitis sufferer.
  1. Why you need to do scaling and root planing
    Disease Prevention - The oral bacteria which cause periodontal infections can travel via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Research has shown that lung infections and heart disease have been linked to periodontal bacteria.
    Tooth Protection - Periodontal disease cause to destroy gingival and bone tissue which may lead to tooth loss. When gum pockets exceed 3mm in depth, there is a greater risk of periodontal disease.
    Aesthetic Effects - SRP help remove tartar and plaque from the teeth and below the gumline.
    Better Breath - One of the most common signs of periodontal disease is halitosis (bad breath).
  2. Scaling and root planing treatments involve:
    SRP treatments are only performed after a thorough examination and X-rays of the mouth. Depending on the current condition of the gums, the amount of calculus (tartar) present, the depth of the pockets and the progression of the periodontitis, local anesthetic may be used.
    During the next appointment, the dentist or hygienist will thoroughly examine the gums again to see how well the pockets have healed. If the gum pockets still measure more than 3mm in depth, additional and more intensive treatments may be recommended.