Scaling and Root Planing North Hollywood
Periodontal health is as important to your smile as tooth health. Your gums should fit tightly around your teeth so that no bacteria or debris can get beneath them. If gums become irritated or inflamed by plaque, they can begin to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets in which plaque and tartar can accumulate. Our North Hollywood scaling and root planing dentist can help.
Scaling and root planing, or SRP, is a type of deep cleaning procedure used to combat gum disease and help gums heal. Our expert in scaling and root planing in North Hollywood may recommend SRP if you have heavy plaque and tartar buildup above and below the gumline, gingivitis, or advanced periodontitis. The procedure can be performed right in our office and is typically performed in several stages.
North Hollywood Scaling and Root Planing
Our North Hollywood scaling and root planing dentist will first thoroughly examine your mouth. If necessary, a local anesthetic can be used to numb the tissue. Next, a special scaling device will be used to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky biofilm that adheres to your teeth and is constantly growing. If it is not removed regularly through good brushing and flossing habits, it can harden into a mineralized substance called tartar. Tartar can only be removed by a dental professional. We use a manual instrument to remove any remaining debris.
The final step is called root planing. During this part of the process, our expert in scaling and root planing in North Hollywood will use a special tool to scale the root surface to smooth out any rough areas and remove accumulated biofilm. This decreases tissue inflammation and helps the gums heal.
Once your SRP has been completed, we will review your dental hygiene routine and make recommendations that ensure you get the most out of your treatment. You may benefit from an anti-sensitivity toothpaste or a high-fluoride toothpaste. We may also recommend an antimicrobial mouthwash, which can combat the bacterial infection. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in North Hollywood.
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