Scaling And Root Planing
The best way to treat an infected gum before it gets critical is scaling and root planning or SRP. The dentist applies local anesthesia to the teeth roots and gums, so that the patient does not feel any pain, and also cleans the affected area between the gums and the teeth’s roots.
Some doctors take help of an ultrasonic device, which is not as uncomfortable as the regular scraping tool, however – not all cases require such treatment.
The dentist fills the cavities between the gum and teeth with an antibiotic fiber, which accelerates the recovery process and prevents infection, and removes the threads usually seven days after the treatment.
The usage of anesthesia might cause loss of sensation in gums to some extent and for just a few hours only. The planing and scraping process produces little or no pain.
Objective Of SRP
This process is useful when the tartar ( a substantial amount of mineral deposit ) starts to deposit on teeth, and the gums began pulling away from teeth.
Efficiency of SRP
If the patient looks after his gums and teeth properly, the infection will not spread any further, and the gums will eventually recover and become firm and pink once again.
There are several risks associated with SRP. It could make a way to introduce harmful bacteria into the blood, and the gum tissue could also get infected in this process. One needs to take antibiotics before and after the surgery if he has existing medical conditions. You should consider taking medicines if you suffer from the following impairments :
- Have specific issues related to the heart that increases the probability of Endocarditis.
- Have a weak immune system.
- Went through major surgery in the recent past and had artificial body parts ( g., prosthetic hip or synthetic heart valve ).
- SRP is a simple procedure to treat gum disease.
- Floss and clean your teeth twice daily after the surgery so that the infection does not recur.
Scaling & Root Planing Procedure