Scaling and Root Planing (SRP)

Also known as deep cleaning, involves the meticulous smoothing of tooth root surfaces to eliminate tough calculus deposits and debris located beneath the gums. This non-surgical procedure is performed under local anesthesia and utilizes specialized hand instruments, an ultrasonic scaler, or a combination of both techniques.

LASER-assisted SRP

Studies have shown that SRP and SRP with LASER can reduce gingival inflammation. When laser curettage was used as an adjunct to SRP, a greater reduction in probing depth and clinical attachment loss was observed.

Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance involves regular visits to the dental office for cleanings, examinations, and monitoring of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth in patients with gum disease.

It typically follows initial treatment for gum disease, which may include procedures such as scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from below the gumline. After the initial treatment phase, patients are often placed on a periodontal maintenance schedule, which typically involves more frequent visits compared to routine dental cleanings.

During periodontal maintenance appointments, we will thoroughly clean the teeth and gums, removing any plaque and tartar buildup. They will also assess the health of the gums, measure the depth of periodontal pockets, and check for signs of inflammation or other issues. X-rays may be taken periodically to monitor the bone levels around the teeth.