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Scaling  &  Root Planing


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 planing.

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.

Scaling 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.

ARESTIN® with SRP is nearly 3x more likely to result in successful treatment than SRP alone.

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 water. Rinse.

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