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.
"I recently was involved in a Bike accident where I sustained many injuries, one of those injuries being my front teeth being knocked out. I was worried, depressed, stressed about finances & in a lot of pain. Luckily after making some calls I was referred to the offices of Dr. Patrick Yoshikane, & I am so fortunate I was. The offices knew my emergency & they were able to fit me in first thing in the morning to make sure I was okay & to fix my issue with my teeth. Upon arrival I was greeted by a wonderful staff who were so attentive, professional, & kind. My injuries were painful, I was upset, hurt & in shock still from the trauma & they did everything they could to make me relaxed, comfortable & at ease. The staff even took time to go over billing options so that I would be able to make it work with my finances which really was amazing to see them go above and beyond to breakdown & explain everything vs most places that just send you home with forms. After meeting with Dr. Yoshikane he reassured me I was in good hands & they were going to help me..... & they did! I left feeling like a new person, able to smile again & feel this burden of depression and stress lifted from shoulders. Every moment spent there was great, each person from their staff was so attentive & caring & answered all my questions, helped me, & made me comfortable. Also their follow up after my appointment has been so impressive & leaving the office I knew I found my new permanent Dentist office. Thank you so much again Dr. Yoshikane & Staff!!! Each of you helped me in my recovery so much & I look forward to seeing you all again & calling your offices my permanent Dentist home."- C.M. / Yelp / Nov 08, 2019
"I can't sing enough praises for Dr. Patrick Yoshikane and his team! Of all the dentists I have ever had, there is no other that can hold a candle to Dr. Yoshikane. I have been going to him for almost 2 years. Every time I go there, I always feel like I am at home with an on-call, personal dentist. I consider them like family that I could trust. I always have a great time, filled with laughter. Dr. Yoshikane's work is high quality, and every details, from their use of technology, super friendly knowledgeable, fun staff, to the ambiance. The best part is that my mouth is not swolen or feel that my face got punched from a couple of root canals. He is very gentle. He takes great pride in his work and treats his patients like the way he wants to be treat as a patient himself, with the utmost care. I trust him a ne his staff completely! They also work with me on prioritizing of what needs work on my teeth. Dr. Yoshikane and his team are a diamond in a ruff. Precious!"- J.S. / Yelp / Dec 08, 2019
"Dr. Yoshikane is amazing! I went in Friday morning to my dentist in south Orange County and found out that I needed a root canal. Since my general dentist does not do them. I was referred out to an endodontist who was very pushy and way overpriced. I called my husband in tears and he reached out to Dr. Yoshikane who totally took care of me. First of all it was Friday his day off and he said how quick can you get to my office. I went straight in. The office staff was warm and kind and did everything they could to help me be comfortable. Even when Dr. Yoshikane gave me shots to numb me I could barely feel it. I was in and out within 40 minutes. His service , dedication, perfectionism and commitment was amazing. He even reached out to me over the weekend to make sure I was doing okay. I would highly recommend him to any friends and family."- S.H. / Yelp / Oct 14, 2019
"From the moment I walked into the office I knew that I had made the right choice. The ladies up front were so helpful and kind. Anyone I came in contact with were friendly and welcoming. Thank you Dr. Yoshikane for keeping me at ease during my appointment. You took the time to review the recommended treatment to ensure and mitigate any additional problems. It is very evident that Dr. Yoshikane is committed to providing the best patient care. I am glad I took the leap of faith to seek dental care with Dr. Yoshikane. Not only was I happy with my care, I also left with a thank you gift. So kind! Amazing dentist, dental hygienist, dental assistants and office staff!"- A.C. / Yelp / May 05, 2023
"Dr. Yoshikane provided my treatment for my fillings and I can honestly say I’ve never felt more comfortable in a dentist’s chair. After being treated at his office, I feel very confident in my teeth and will continue to turn to him for all my dental needs in the future as I would recommend to anyone else! The practice also has the kindest staff that make you feel so welcome the moment you walk in the door and are also generous enough to give out complimentary cookies and coffee after my appointment was done. 12/10 service:)"- M.R. / Yelp / Dec 05, 2022
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.