Scaling in San Diego, CA

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If you've developed symptoms of periodontal (gum) disease, a normal cleaning may not be sufficient enough. The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is commonly corrected with scaling and root planing (SRP). This simple procedure is done by one of our San Diego, CA dentists. It helps eliminate periodontal disease by removing built-up tartar and plaque from the below the gumline. With special instruments, an SRP treatment at Dental Express cleans the gum pockets, then smoothes the teeth to avoid further buildup. If you're worried about your gums, learn more about SRP at Dental Express.

Best Candidates

At your dental exam, we will assess the depth of your gum pockets. In the event the pockets, also called sulcus, are more than three millimeters, then a scaling and root planing therapy might be recommended. SRP will help to decrease the size of the gum pockets so bacteria and plaque can't collect in this region, which leads to the very first stage of gum disease (gingivitis). Some of the early symptoms of gum disease are chronic bad breath and loose teeth. When it comes to gum symptoms, you may experience bleeding, tenderness, redness, or a receding gumline. If periodontal disease is diagnosed in the early stages, one or more SRP treatments can help eliminate symptoms, but when gum disease has progressed to later stages (periodontitis or advanced periodontitis), then you might need more extensive procedures.

What To Expect

SRP is a deep periodontal cleaning that may be performed in our office with local anesthesia to numb the areas of your mouth being addressed. We might also recommend sedation methods if you have dental anxieties. We will utilize a scaling instrument to clean out the plaque and tartar below the gumline. To prevent future problems, we smooth the outside of the enamel to decrease regions where plaque and tartar like to build up.


Following your SRP treatment, you may experience increased tooth and gum sensitivity in addition to some tingling from the local anesthetic. Our dentists may write a prescription for antibiotics to help remove any residual bacteria from the gums. You should follow a good oral care routine at home, including proper flossing and brushing. This will help keep your gums and teeth healthy. You should also schedule annual dental exams and biannual cleaning appointments so we can assess the health of your gums and teeth. Based upon the initial state of your mouth and your home care following an SRP treatment, you might need additional SRP procedures to fully restore your mouth.

Insurance Coverage

SRP is a common procedure for the treatment of gum disease that is usually paid for in part by dental insurance. A member of our team will get in touch with your provider to understand your policy and individual costs. If you do not have dental insurance, Dental Express accepts many payment methods, including low-interest financing, which can be explained during your consultation.

Scaling and Root Planing

Gingivitis can become dangerous and painful for your health so if you are having signs, please schedule an exam with one of our team members in San Diego, CA. The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is normally corrected with a simple scaling and root planing treatment at Dental Express. Please contact us to make an appointment or to get more details.

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