Some cases of acute
periodontal (gum) disease that do not respond to more
conventional treatment and self-care such as flossing may
require a special kind of cleaning called scaling and root
The procedure begins with administration of a local anesthetic
to reduce any discomfort. Then, a small instrument called a "scaler,"
or an ultrasonic cleaner, is used to clean beneath your gum line
to remove plaque and tartar.
The root surfaces on the tooth are then planed and smoothed.
This lets the gum tissue heal and reattach itself to the tooth.
and root planing (SRP) leaves some bacteria behind.
SRP is an effective gum disease treatment. In this
procedure, your dental professional will clean plaque and tartar from
your teeth and roots. SRP can remove much of the plaque below your
gum line. This is where bacteria produce toxins that irritate your gums
and cause gum infections.
But SRP alone isn't enough to get all the bacteria behind gum disease.
with SRP is nearly 3x more likely to result in successful treatment than
ARESTIN® is a locally administered antibiotic treatment for gum disease.
It's a powder composed of 100,000 tiny microspheres that release
antibiotics over time. In a single visit, your dental professional will
add ARESTIN® to the pocket between your gum and tooth. It's a painless
procedure, and ARESTIN® with SRP can make your gum disease treatment
more effective by killing the bacteria left behind after SRP. Best of
all, ARESTIN® keeps working long after you leave the dentist's chair.
Don't wait until you lose one
to realize how precious your pearly whites are.
Deep Cleaning Post-Operative Instructions:
Three Times Per Day
1. Mix one teaspoon of
salt with warm water. Rinse
2. Mix four parts of
mouth wash and one part hydrogen peroxide with 1/2 cup of