about scaling and root planing
If you've developed signs of periodontal (gum) disease, a normal cleaning may not be adequate enough. The first stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, is usually corrected with scaling and root planing (SRP). This is a nonsurgical procedure done by Orange, CA dentist Dr. Patrick Yoshikane to help eliminate gum disease by removing built-up tartar and plaque from the below the gum line. With specific instruments, a scaling and root planing treatment at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. cleans out the gum pockets, then smooths the surface of your teeth to avoid further buildup. If you're worried about your gums, find out more about scaling and root planing at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. in Orange, CA.
"Dr. Yoshikane and his staff are awesome. They have been my wife and her families dentist forever and have been my dentist for the last two years. They helped me out recently at the last minute with my wisdom teeth. I had been putting it off for 20 plus years because they never hurt and out of the blue the one on my upper left jaw became inflamed and began causing me pretty bad pain. I gave them a call and they got me in to check it out and after seeing the inflammation the set me up to get them out. Dr. Yoshikane asked me if I wanted sedation or local and I said local. I am not a big fan of sedation and dental work doesn't weird me out. The procedure went great and Dr. Yoshikane and his assistant checked on my pain level throughout the whole procedure to make sure I was not in pain. It was a great experience and I would recommend him to anyone local looking for a great dental office who does everything they can to help their patients as quickly as they can."- G.S. / Yelp / Nov 09, 2018
"Dr. Yoshikane and his team are friendly, informative and ease the anxiety that dental visits bring. Over the years I've heard many horror stories about wisdom teeth removal so when my turn came to finally part with mine, I was very apprehensive. Dr. Y took the time to thoroughly explain all the pros and cons, laid out a detailed plan then he and his team made sure my comfort and care during the procedure were top notch. Visits to the dentist no longer trigger anxiety attacks thanks to Dr Yoshikane's office."- L.M. / Yelp / Jul 24, 2019
"Dr. Patrick and his team far exceed all expectations! They take excellent care of their clients! They are great at communicating your appointments, costs and tips on keeping your teeth healthy! When you walk into the office you won't feel like you're in a dentist office because EVERYONE is so friendly and personable! Every employee goes out of their way to introduce themselves to you. Just like most people, I used to hate going to the dentist but now I look forward to my appointments every time! I can't wait to see everyone in the office! Dr. Patrick and his staff really are the best of the best!"- H.F. / Yelp / Apr 12, 2019
"Best pain free dentist I have ever met"- E.C. / Facebook / Jun 28, 2019
"Dr. Yoshikane and his team are an incredible group of people. I came in for a gum contouring experience and was blown away by how nice and welcoming everyone is, and I am even more amazed by how good my smile looks now. Dr. Yoshikane will take good care of you and you can always be sure you're in good hands no matter what."- M.N. / Yelp / Apr 30, 2019
At your dental examination, Dr. Yoshikane will check to see how deep your gum pockets are. In the event your gum pockets, also called sulcus, are more than three millimeters, then a scaling and root planing therapy may be recommended. SRP helps to decrease the size of the gum pockets so bacteria and plaque cannot accumulate in this region, which contributes to the first phase of periodontal disease (gingivitis). A number of the early signs of gum disease are chronic bad breath, loose teeth, in addition to gums that are swollen, tender, bleed easily, look red, or are receding. When gum disease is discovered early, one or more scaling and root planing treatments can reverse signs, but when periodontal disease has reached later phases (regular or advanced periodontitis), then you might need more comprehensive treatments.
What To Expect
SRP is a deep cleaning that may be performed in our office using local anesthesia on the areas of your mouth being addressed. We might also suggest sedation methods if you are feeling anxious about having SRP. Dr. Yoshikane will utilize a scaling tool to clean the tartar and plaque below the gumline. Dr. Yoshikane will subsequently plane or smooth the exterior of the enamel to decrease the number of regions where tartar and plaque may get caught to avoid future problems.
Following your SRP therapy, you might experience greater tooth and gum sensitivity, in addition to some tingling from the local anesthesia. Dr. Yoshikane can write a prescription for antibiotics that will help remove any residual bacteria from the gums. You should follow a good oral hygiene regimen in your home, such as daily flossing and brushing, to keep your gums and teeth healthy and clean. You should also schedule yearly dental examinations so Dr. Yoshikane can evaluate the health of your teeth and gums, as well as bi-annual visits to get your teeth cleaned. Based upon the initial state of your mouth and your own home care following an SRP therapy, you might need more scaling and root planing procedures to fully restore your oral health.
SRP is a very common procedure for treating gum disease that's usually paid for in part by dental insurance. We will get in touch with your provider to determine your policy and individual expenses. If you don't have dental insurance, then Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. accepts many payment methods, including low-interest financing, which may be discussed at your appointment.
schedule your srp appointment
Gum disease may become dangerous and painful for your health so if you're having symptoms, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Yoshikane at his office in Orange, CA. The first stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, is usually corrected using a very simple SRP process at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. Please contact us to make an appointment or to receive more details.