Scaling and Root Planing

Gum disease is a potentially serious infection. Symptoms can include swollen or bleeding gums, inflammation or sensitivity. If left untreated, the condition can spread and cause your teeth to become loose. It can even damage the underlying jawbone and lead to tooth loss. Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara scaling and root planing expert can help.

Scaling and root planing, or SRP, is essentially a deep cleaning procedure. It is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive treatment that can control the infection and help your gums heal. If you are a candidate for an SRP, Dr. Frame, our expert in scaling and root planing in Santa Clara, will start by cleaning the plaque and tartar from your teeth. This can be done manually or ultrasonically, and the buildup is removed both above and below the gum line. Anesthesia is generally used to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.

Scaling and Root Planing Santa Clara

Once the buildup has been cleaned, Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara scaling and root planing expert will smooth the roots of your teeth. This makes it more difficult for buildup to adhere again, but it also helps the gums reattach. After the procedure, topical antimicrobial products may be used to protect the gums and promote healing. You may also need to take oral antibiotics, particularly if you have certain pre-existing health issues.

After your scaling and root planing, Dr. Frame, our expert in scaling and root planing in Santa Clara, will give you detailed instructions. Following these recommendations can help reduce the risk of complications and prevent the gum disease from reoccurring. In many cases, the SRP is sufficient to control the infection and stop its spread. However, some patients may need more advanced treatments. We will explain each of your options at your periodontal evaluation.

Healthy gums are the foundation of a healthy smile. Regular checkups, professional cleanings and good at-home dental habits can prevent gum disease. Catching it in its earliest stages can help reduce the risk of more serious gum problems. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara dentist.

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