What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Scaling and root planing (SRP) is a non surgical periodontal procedure wherein the dentist or hygienist will use a scraping tool, in conjunction with laser, to gently remove plaque and tartar from deep periodontal pockets, and remove bacterial toxins by smoothing the tooth root. This procedure is done primarily to treat gum disease and gum recession, but is also used to clean roots of teeth that have become infested with hard mineral deposits

Why use laser?

Laser removes inflamed gum tissue and allows access to the root. Calculus is removed from the root surface and rinsed out of the pocket (see video below). After the procedure, a fibrin clot forms to seal the pocket. After the healing is complete the pocket depth is reduced through reattachment of the gum tissue to the tooth.  

Laser has many benefits in periodontal therapy, such as:

  • Seals the pocket to prevent bacterial growth for 2 weeks, vs the normal 3-5 days!
  • Promotes tissue re-growth for faster healing and healthier tissues
  • A. The probe is used to measure pocket depths (and bone loss)
  • B. Laser removes bacteria and diseased tissues
  • C. Scale to remove tartar from the tooth & root surfaces
  • D. Laser finishes cleaning and seals the pocket closed
  • E. Healing of gums to clean disinfected root surfaces occurs
  • F. Bite trauma is accessed
  • G. Bone growth and tissue reattachment occur, creating healthy pockets

Caring For Your Teeth After Scaling and Root Planing

  • Brush and floss regularly
  • Stop using tobacco products, which will reduce your body’s ability to fight gum infection and delays healing

With proper post treatment care the gum disease will stop, and the return to a healthy oral cavity will begin. Soon your gums will be healthy and pink again!