Scaling and Root Planing

If you have developed symptoms of gum (periodontal) disease, a regular cleaning might not be sufficient enough. The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is typically treated with scaling and root planing (SRP). This is a simple procedure performed by a dental hygienist. Dr. Guthrie and our dental hygienist are here to help eliminate periodontal disease by removing built-up plaque and tartar from the gumline. Using special tools, an SRP treatment at Keys Dental Specialists cleans under the gumline, then smoothes the teeth to prevent future buildup. If you are concerned about your gums, learn more about SRP at Keys Dental Specialists, Key West, FL.


What to Expect

Scaling and root planing is a deep periodontal cleaning that can be carried out in our office with local anesthesia to numb the areas being treated. We may also recommend one of our sedation dentistry techniques if you feel stressed about having this procedure. Dental Hygienist will use a scaling instrument to clean out built-up plaque and tartar in your gum pockets. Dental Hygienist will then smooth or plane the outside of the tooth to reduce the number of areas where plaque and tartar can become trapped to prevent future buildup.

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