Scaling and Root Planing South Yarmouth, MA

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If you have developed symptoms of gum (periodontal) disease, a regular cleaning might not be sufficient enough. The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is usually treated with scaling and root planing (SRP). This is a nonsurgical procedure performed by dentist Dr. Peter Russo to help eliminate gum disease by removing built-up plaque and tartar from the under the gumline. Using special tools, an SRP treatment at Bass River Dental cleans out the gum pockets then smoothes the teeth to prevent future buildup. If you are concerned about your gums, learn more about scaling and root planing at Bass River Dental in South Yarmouth, MA.

Best Candidates

During your dental exam, we will check the depth of your gum pockets. If the pockets, also known as sulcus, are greater than three millimeters, a scaling and root planing treatment may be recommended. SRP helps to reduce the size of your gum pockets so plaque and bacteria cannot collect in this area, which leads to the first stage of gum disease (gingivitis). Some of the early symptoms of gum disease are chronic bad breath, loose teeth, as well as gums that are swollen, tender, bleed easily, appear red, or are receding. If gum disease is caught early, one or more SRP treatments can reverse symptoms; however, if gum disease has progressed to later stages (periodontitis or advanced periodontitis), then you may require more extensive treatments.

What To Expect

Scaling and root planing is a deep periodontal cleaning that can be performed in our office with local anesthesia to numb the areas being treated. We may also recommend one of our sedation techniques if you feel anxious about having this procedure. A scaling instrument will be used to clean out built-up plaque and tartar in your gum pockets. The exterior of the tooth will then be smoothed and planed to reduce the number of areas where plaque and tartar can become trapped to prevent future buildup.


After your SRP treatment, you may experience increased gum and tooth sensitivity, as well as some numbness from the local anesthetic. Antibiotics may be prescribed to help eliminate any remaining bacteria from your gums. You should follow a good oral care routine at home, including proper brushing and flossing, to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. You should also schedule annual dental exams so the health of your gums and teeth can be assessed, as well as bi-annual appointments to have your mouth professionally cleaned. Depending on the original condition of your gums and your home care after an SRP treatment, you may need more SRP treatments to fully restore your oral health.

Insurance Coverage

Scaling and root planing is a common procedure for the treatment of gum disease that is usually covered in part by dental insurance. We can contact your carrier to determine your coverage and personal costs. If you do not have dental insurance, Bass River Dental accepts many payment methods, including medical financing that can be discussed during your consultation.

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Scaling and Root Planing

Gum disease can become painful and dangerous to your health, so if you are experiencing symptoms, please schedule an exam at our office in South Yarmouth, MA. The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is usually treated with a simple scaling and root planing treatment at Bass River Dental. Please contact us to schedule an appointment or to receive more information.

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