Scaling & Root Planning

Root planing and scaling has been clinically proven to treat gum disease before it has reached an advanced stage. Dr Irwin will use root planing and scaling to clean between the gums and the teeth down to the roots. Typically an analgesic will be used locally to numb your gums and the roots of your teeth. Root scaling and planning becomes necessary when your gums begin to separate from your teeth and tartar builds within the gum line and root system. To prevent infection, antibiotics are usually administered prior to the beginning the procedure.

Dr. Irwin uses ARESTIN® to treat infected periodontal pockets just after the scaling and root planing (SRP) procedure. ARESTIN® is an effective antibiotic treatment that comes in powder form.

ARESTIN® contains “Microspheres”-tiny, bead-like particles that are smaller than grains of sand and are not visible to the eye. The Microspheres are filled with the antibiotic minocycline, and they release the drug over time into the infected periodontal pocket, killing bacteria that live there for up to 21 days.

About Brighter Smiles Dental

Brighter Smiles Dental is the practice of Dr. Sylvia Irwin. For over 30 years, Dr. Irwin and her staff have been providing patients with expert dental care in a calm and relaxing setting. For more information or to schedule an appointment please click here or call our Nutley, New Jersey dental office at: 973.667.1567.