At Crown Dental in West Richland, WA, we offer scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar from beneath the gumline. Also called deep periodontal cleaning, SRP cleans out the plaque and tartar that can build up in the gum pockets, where the teeth and gums meet. This build-up can cause a bacterial infection or periodontal disease. If the gum pockets grow to be deeper than 5 millimeters, then SRP is performed. Crown Dental's lead dentist, Dr. Walberto Cantu, or one of his trained dental assistants, will clean out the plaque and tartar and then plane over or smooth out the tooth to prevent future issues. Dr. Cantu suggests scaling and root planing to restore the health of your gums and prevent further build-up.
What to Expect
Scaling and root planing is performed with local anesthesia on the areas being treated and/or sedation to help the patient remain calm and comfortable. We begin by using a manual scaling tool or an ultrasonic cleaner to reach all areas of the gum pocket and remove the plaque and tartar that has built up. Once the gum pocket is cleaned, the dentist will smooth or plane the surface of the tooth to minimize areas where plaque and tartar can become trapped. Once the gum pockets are clean and smooth, they can begin to heal and reattach properly to the tooth root.
After the scaling and root planing treatment, patients might have some inflammation or bleeding of the gums, but this should only last for a few days. Patients should continue or start a daily oral health care routine that includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing, and following any special instructions by the dentist. Patients should return in 2 – 4 months to have their gums re-checked by the dentist. A second treatment may be needed to fully restore the gums or the dentist may refer the patient to a periodontist for special treatment.
A scaling and root planing treatment usually costs between $140 and $210, depending on the extent of the procedure. Insurance may cover some or all of the cost and our front office will determine each patient’s coverage and out-of-pocket expenses.
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Stop Gum Disease Early
Scaling and root planing can stop early signs of gum disease, including inflamed and bleeding gums, as well as bad breath and loose teeth. A dentist can catch these signs early during an annual dental exam and treat the problem effectively with scaling and root planing treatment.