Deep Cleanings – Scaling and Root Planing (SRP)

What is scaling and root planing?

The removal of hard deposits (calculus or tartar) from the surface of your teeth roots is known as scaling and root planing, sometimes called a “deep cleaning”. This treatment may be completed in one or multiple appointments depending on your unique need.

After this therapy, you will begin to notice your gum tissue go from unhealthy (swollen, red) to healthy (firm and pink) as you continue to be seen regularly for your maintenance visits. When we see this change in your gums, we will know that infection is under control and your gums are healthier.

What is scaling and root planing - Dunedin, FL

Why do I need this type of dental cleaning?

Your toothbrush and dental floss can only clean so far below your gum-line. When plaque and tartar (bacterial colonies) sit on the gums and roots of your teeth, inflammation occurs. This inflammation and the bacteria that causes it, release toxins that can cause gingivitis, and bleeding gums. If gum disease is left untreated, it could lead to:

  • Bone loss
  • Tissue (gum) loss
  • Loose/mobile teeth
  • Loss of teeth altogether

This type of gum disease is called periodontal disease. Dr. Lepore may diagnose the need for scaling and root planing (SRP) to remove the hard deposits from your teeth.

The Development of Periodontal Disease:

Development of Periodontal Disease - Dunedin, FL

Can I go back to a regular cleaning after I have scaling and root planing (SRP) completed?

Periodontal (Gum) disease can be managed, but not cured. After scaling and root planing has been completed, patients are typically put on a periodontal maintenance or “management” of gum disease, where cleanings are performed every 3 to 4 months to maintain gum and bone health. If this interval is not followed, the very same infection that caused the need for this type of cleaning can return, causing further bone loss. Maintenance visits are the most important treatment you can complete to maintain the investment.

Periodontal Maintenance Cleaning after Scaling and Root Planing:

Conditions that can lead to the development of periodontal disease include:

  • Poor dental hygiene and irregular cleaning appointments
  • Smoking
  • Hormonal changes
  • Family history
  • Poor nutrition

What else can I do to manage my gum disease?

  • Before starting your periodontal therapy (scaling and root planing), Dr. Lepore will recommend salivary diagnostic testing to identify specific levels of 11 harmful bacteria known to contribute to periodontal disease. These very bacteria have been shown in recent studies to cause or lead to diseases such as heart attack, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more about salivary diagnostics testing here.
  • Every patient can also benefit from PerioProtect Trays. These trays release oxygen medication into the pockets of your gum tissue to manage and kill the harmful bacteria harbored there. Learn more about the benefits of PerioProtect here.
  • To further benefit you and prevent future issues, Oral Probiotics may be recommended. These work very similar to gut probiotics, driving out the bad bacteria to replace it with good bacteria. Learn more about the benefits of Oral Probiotics here.
  • At your 4-6 week evaluation with your dental hygienist, she will re-measure your gum tissues (or pocket depths) for improvements and offer over-the-counter or at-home remedies to assist you in achieving your best health.

Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry – It’s Not Just About Dental Treatments!

Patients Testimonial – Brittany
News always travels fast and Margaret was introduced to Dr. Lepore via a raving review from a coworker. Her experience has not changed her opinion since and she is very pleased with the initiative taken by both Dr. Lepore and his staff to get to know his patients well enough to treat them better and build up a good rapport with trust and confidence. Margaret was so pleased with the level of service received that she even went ahead to recommend Dr. Lepore to other people she knew so that they could have the positive dental experience that they all appreciate and deserve.

I originally met Dr. Lepore through a referral with an employee I used to work with. She raved about Dr. Lepore and the staff so I was super comfortable so Dr. Lepore came to me and he explained to me, ‘hey this is what is going on you do have periodontal gum disease and then he taught me the ways to control it. Knowing the fact that they wanted to get close and get to know me as a patient made me super comfortable with coming to Dr. Lepore. I have also referred a few people to Dr. Lepore, read numerous Facebook messages saying that they are so compassionate here. they love their patients they get to know their patients on a personal level so overall Dr. Lepore and his staff are an amazing group of people, very loving, very compassionate and very personable and I mean that is what I really, really enjoy about this place.

Our Dental Savings Plans

Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry believes that everyone should have access to high-quality dental care and that financial constraints or insurance status shouldn’t stand in the way for anyone to receive such care. That’s why we have introduced Dental Savings Plans as we don’t want you to compromise on your dental health. We have two plans – Standard and Wellness - offered at an annual membership fee of $429 and $729 respectively.

Membership will entitle you to a host of benefits including free and discounted treatments with a focus on your overall health.


Always a friendly and professional staff, I continue to go here even after I moved an hour away. Very trustworthy and honest dentist. Recommend to all my friends! Thank you!!

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