Scaling and Root Planing in Washington DC & Alexandria VA
The SRP Procedure
Don’t Delay Treatment
Early Treatment of Gum Disease Can Prevent Irrevocable Damage
Scaling and root planing is the first level of treatment for gum disease. It addresses the pockets that start to form in the gum around each tooth, where bacteria and plaque begin to build up.
Tooth Loss Risk Increases with Pocket Depth
Scaling and root planing treatment is most effective in the early stages of gum disease. This procedure can help to reduce periodontal pocket depths up to two or three millimeters on average, and smooth rough surfaces that encourage plaque to “stick”.
Don’t Delay Treatment
Gum disease can be extremely painful, and compromise the health of the entire mouth. It is important to treat gum disease as early as possible; the longer it is left to progress, the more difficult, invasive, painful, and expensive it will be to treat.
As gum disease progresses, the gums become irritated to the point that they pull away from the teeth, creating pockets which are a haven for bacteria and plaque. As infection spreads and worsens, the gum tissues and even the bone holding teeth in place will deteriorate, leading to tooth loss.
Left untreated, gum disease can also affect overall health. Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and premature births/low birth weights are all linked to gum disease. However, thorough treatment followed by maintenance and a regular at home oral hygiene program can help reverse even severe gum disease.
Gum Disease Treatment: Scaling and Root Planing
One of the best methods for treating early stage gum disease and stopping its progression is the scaling and root planing procedure. The areas between the gums and the teeth will be cleaned all the way down to the base of the roots, using a small ultrasonic instrument to eliminate unwanted bacteria and tartar through sonic vibrations.
Most patients find this procedure to be painless or nearly so. After the cleaning, temporary antibiotic fibers may be placed in the spaces between the teeth and gums, to speed up healing and to prevent further infection. These fibers will later be removed, and the gums will return to being pink, firm, and healthy again.
Dr. Justin Zalewsky, Dr. Michael Hoge, and the Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry team offer a range of periodontal treatment options to the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. area, including residents seeking a periodontist in Annandale, Arlington, Burke, Chevy Chase, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Springfield. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zalewsky or Dr. Hoge, or request your appointment online.