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Periodontal Therapy Non Surgical Treatment Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling & Root Planing (SRP) is a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus from deep pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins.

This cleaning is more in-depth than a routine prophylaxis, or polish, with which you may be familiar, and may require more than one appointment. For comfort, we may wish to numb the area prior to treatment.

During SRP, harmful bacterial plaque and calculus are removed from the crown and root surfaces. This detailed treatment also smoothes root surfaces that may be particularly infected.

Research has consistently demonstrated that SRP reduces gingival inflammation and probing depths and shifts the bacteria composition living in these pockets from one associated with disease toward one associated with health. Thus, SRP is usually the first mode of treatment we recommend for most patients. Most periodontists agree that after SRP and oral hygiene instruction, many patients do not require any further active treatment, including surgical therapy.  

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