Scaling and root planing (SRP) is one of the most common procedures for treating gingivitis by deep cleaning below the gumline and smoothing the surface of the tooth. Scaling and root planing at Allred Dental removes plaque, bacteria, and acid buildup that can cause gum inflammation and can then turn into an early stage of gum disease. In addition to SRP, Dr. Jeffrey Allred uses Perio Protect® to deliver infection-fighting medication beneath the gums to his San Marcos, CA patients. Perio Protect is able to penetrate deep into the gums and teeth to reach areas that traditional tooth brushing cannot. This can help to restore and promote healthier teeth, gums, and overall oral health while also preventing all stages of gum diseases.
"I had such a wonderful experience at Allred dental. Dr. Allred and his staff are super friendly and attentive they made me feel totally relaxed which is pretty rare for being at a dentist office. I was actually a little nervous going in for my procedure because I was scared it was going to be painful. In the contrary I felt no pain and they were finished before I knew it. It was great!! I would highly recommend Allred dental to anyone needing dental services."- C.C. / Google / Aug 21, 2017
"Very friendly office! It felt like they genuinely care about your teeth and overall health. It felt like a much deeper and better cleaning than some of my past experiences ."- N.S. / Facebook / Oct 05, 2018
"Very caring office. They really care about your oral health and how it affects your overall health. They are very informative. My teeth feel much cleaner than they have ever felt at some of my past dentists offices."- N.S. / Google / Oct 04, 2018
"From the time the receptionist answered the phone to the time I walked out the door, I was treated very professionally from the entire staff at Allred Dental. You can expect a friendly voice from Ellen when you call to make your appointment and when you walk in the door. After a very thorough photo session of my teeth, the dental assistant walked me through a tour of my mouth asking me a lot of questions and telling me what was going on with my teeth. When Dr Allred came in, a thorough recap in her findings was presented to him and me. From there he checked himself, agreed with everything she said and had a couple additional points. Then on to my cleaning which was a breeze. They really take care to insure your comfort. Great dental experience."- A.N. / Yelp / Aug 07, 2018
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What to Expect
For the scaling and root planing procedure, the patient will be given local anesthesia for the areas being treated. Sedation may be added to help the patient remain calm and comfortable during the procedure. To reach all areas of the gum pocket and to remove the plaque and tartar that has built up, Dr. Allred will use a manual scaling tool or an ultrasonic cleaner. After the gum pocket is cleaned, he will minimize areas where plaque and tartar can become trapped by planing (smoothing) the surface of the tooth. The gums will begin to heal post procedure and reattach properly to the tooth root. Some patients may need more than one treatment to get their best results.
After the scaling and root planing treatment, the patient might experience some inflammation or bleeding of the gums for a few days after the treatment. To keep the gums and teeth clean after the scaling and root planing procedure, patients should discuss proper techniques for brushing and flossing so they can establish a good home care routine. You should also be sure to schedule dental exams at least once a year or as recommended. Dr. Allred will usually schedule a follow-up appointment 2 – 4 months after the procedure to check your progress.
Since scaling and root planing is usually a medically necessary treatment for gum disease, dental insurance often covers some or all of the procedure cost. Our office will contact your insurance company to determine your specific coverage and out-of-pocket expenses. Patients can also discuss payment options and financing plans during their consultation.
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Clean, Healthy Gums
To prevent more advanced stages of gum disease, scaling and root planing is an effective, nonsurgical treatment that can help stop symptoms like bleeding gums, bad breath, loose teeth, and gum recession. Scaling and root planing can get your oral health back on track so you can have a beautiful, healthy smile. Contact Allred Dental to learn more or to schedule your consultation.