What is a routine cleaning compared to scaling and root planing?

At Charlotte Progressive Dentistry, our treatment is never one-size-fits-all. We provide the type of treatment that will be best in improving and maintaining your oral health. When patients come to us with periodontal (gum) disease, we often need to provide a periodontal cleaning to restore your health.

Routine professional dental cleanings (prophy) – A prophy, or routine dental cleaning, involves the removal of plaque and tartar above the gum line and includes a polish to remove any surface stains. This type of professional dental cleaning is most appropriate for young people with few dental problems, patients with very little dentistry, and those without a history of gum disease.

Scaling and root planing (SRP) – Scaling and root planing refers to a professional dental cleaning that removes plaque, tartar, and bacteria from above and below the gum line and is used to treat periodontal disease. While this type of cleaning may sound intense, our highly trained dental hygienists are experts at thorough and gentle cleanings. This type of professional cleaning is specifically designed to remove bacteria and promote healing after a gum infection. Because of the nature of gum disease, you will always be more susceptible to a reoccurrence. That is why SRP cleanings will be followed with periodontal maintenance.

Periodontal maintenance – After a deep periodontal cleaning (SRP), you will need a cleaning designed to keep your gums free from infection. Periodontal maintenance cleanings will be required to maintain your oral health. The frequency of your periodontal maintenance appointments will depend on your health. Patients often have between two and four appointments per year in order to protect their oral health.

Once we see you in our office, we can create a treatment plan that will improve your oral health and wellness.