Scaling and Root Planing (SRP)

By Dr. Ryan Lepore

Why is a Deep Cleaning (Scaling & Root Planing - SRP) Indicated?

When plaque and tartar get too far below the gumline, brushing and flossing simply can't reach that far.

Why is plaque and tartar below my gumline a problem?

Tartar is a colony of bacteria that causes your body to try to fight it like an infection. This battle, when left untreated, causes irreversible bone loss and subsequent gum loss.

Why can't I do just a regular cleaning?

A regular healthy mouth cleaning will not help treat deeper disease-causing bacteria. Deep cleaning is a regimen of multiple cleanings over a few visits to manage the disease long-term in a customized fashion.

What will the deep cleaning accomplish?

Removing plaque and tartar below the gumline, disrupting the bacterial environment. A more frequent cleaning regimen is an absolute to maintain levels.