Scaling and Root Planing (SRP) is a common non-surgical periodontal treatment. It involves a deep cleaning procedure to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from below the gumline, where normal brushing and flossing cannot reach. The process includes scaling, which involves the removal of plaque and tartar from the tooth’s surface and the pocket of the gums. Root planing smooths out the tooth’s root surfaces to promote gum reattachment and reduce the risk of bacteria recolonizing.
Periodontal maintenance is an ongoing follow-up treatment, usually performed after SRP or other periodontal procedures. It involves regular check-ups and cleanings to monitor the gum’s health, maintain a clean oral environment, and prevent the return or progression of gum disease. These maintenance visits may be scheduled more frequently than regular dental cleanings, typically every three to four months, depending on the individual’s periodontal condition.
Both scaling and root planing and periodontal maintenance are crucial aspects of periodontal therapy to help preserve healthy gums and prevent further complications associated with gum disease, ensuring the long-term health and stability of your teeth and overall oral health.