Scaling and Root Planing (SRP)
There are several methods of non-surgical periodontal therapy that are available. During your consultation with Dr. Layport, she will recommend the best course of treatment for you based upon your individual diagnosis.
Scaling is a cleaning procedure that removes plaque and calculus from the teeth at or slightly below the gumline. Root Planing removes deposits to the bottom of the pocket. The root surfaces are also smoothed which allows for tightening of the gum tissue and reduces the pocket depth.
At Dr. Layport's office, Scaling and Root Planing (SRP) is typically done in two 1-1/2 hour appointments by Dr. Layport or by one of her hygienists. The deep areas will be numbed with local anesthetic. An ultrasonic scaler (Cavitron) is used as well as hand instruments (scalers).
This type of treatment may be all that's needed, especially when periodontal disease is caught early.