Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing in Midtown Atlanta & Roswell

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Suffering from moderate to severe gum disease?

Stop the infection in its tracks with this advanced deep cleaning procedure.

Scaling and root planing (SRP) is one of the most common treatments for early to advanced periodontal disease. Commonly referred to as a deep cleaning, this non-surgical procedure involves reaching beyond the gum line to remove plaque buildup and promote healing.

By catching signs of gum disease early on and taking preventive action, our periodontists will help you maintain a clean and healthy mouth for life.

Deep cleaning vs. routine cleaning

Routine cleaning – Recommended every 6 months for those who have no history of gum disease. This routine procedure removes plaque and tartar buildup around and between your teeth and slightly under your gum line.

Regular brushing, flossing, and routine cleanings are the key to keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Deep cleaning – Necessary when bacteria has spread further than your gum line, creating a deep space between the teeth and gums (called pockets). These pockets are a sign of gum disease and steps should be taken to eliminate them as soon as possible.

With a deep cleaning, your periodontist will scale and plane your teeth deeper below the gumline to remove bacteria and remove buildup and give pockets the chance to heal and reattach.

Do I need periodontal scaling?

Deep cleaning is necessary when bacteria has become so pervasive that it cannot be removed using at-home and routine dental cleaning procedures.

In fact, performing a routine cleaning when a deep cleaning is necessary is counter-productive and risks disturbing and releasing built-up bacteria into your bloodstream.

We will most likely recommend a periodontal scaling and root planing procedure if you have…

  • Extensive plaque and tartar buildup
  • 4-5 millimeter pockets of bacteria
  • Other signs of gum disease

Additionally, if you have a history of gum disease, a scaling and root planing procedure is often used in place of routine cleanings as a preventive measure.

What to expect from a scaling & root planing procedure

  • We’ll use a local anesthetic to numb your gums and ensure your comfort.
  • Using high-tech scaling & root planing instruments, we’ll clean the surface and roots of your teeth, removing the plaque and tartar that have collected.
  • Patients often experience some soreness or sensitivity around the gums after scaling and root planing. This discomfort usually subsides in about four hours.
  • Depending on your needs, we may recommend completing your deep cleaning over the course of two or more visits.

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Frequently asked questions about scaling & root planing

Why is gum disease bad?

Gum disease, inflammation of the gums, can have severe consequences, including infection and can lead to bone loss. This is the primary cause of tooth loss, and research indicates that unaddressed gum disease may be associated with heart disease and diabetes.

How is a deep cleaning different from a normal dental cleaning?

Although regular dental cleanings are necessary every six months for everyone, a deep cleaning is a more thorough procedure recommended for individuals with moderate to advanced gum disease. Frequent dental cleanings may be suggested in such cases, with some patients requiring up to four cleanings a year.

How long does scaling & root planing take?

The length of a scaling & root planing procedure can vary depending on the extent of the gum disease and the number of teeth involved. Generally, it can take one to two hours to complete, and multiple appointments may be necessary.

What is the recovery time after scaling & root planing?

Most people are able to resume their normal activities immediately after scaling & root planing, although they may experience some mild swelling, sensitivity, or bleeding in the days following the procedure. Following our periodontist’s instructions for post-operative care is important, including proper oral hygiene and avoiding hard or crunchy foods.

How often should I have scaling & root planing done?

The frequency of scaling & root planing will depend on the individual’s oral health and the severity of their gum disease. For most people, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled within a few weeks after the initial procedure, and then regular maintenance visits every three to four months may be recommended.

More questions? Give us a call:

Atlanta: (404) 876-4867

Roswell: (770) 442-1010

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Our team is known for providing amazing service and a modern, comfortable office environment. As periodontists, we offer the best place in Roswell and Midtown Atlanta to get a deep teeth cleaning. Here you can expect:


  • Highly trained experts who specialize in periodontal disease
  • Explanation of exactly what to expect during your SRP procedure
  • Personalized approach and answers to all your questions
  • Welcoming and friendly team who will make sure you’re comfortable

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