Dental Deep Cleaning in Montclair, NJ | Scaling and Root Planing

Dental Deep Cleaning (SRP)

When the stubborn, sticky film of bacteria multiplies exponentially, periodontal pockets form, plaque gets trapped, and periodontal problems start. Our deep-cleaning dentists at Dr. Yeh and Associates target early gum disease, bacterial infections, and bad breath through proactive periodontal scaling and root planing and other periodontics services. 

Scaling and Root Planing Differ from Standard Teeth Cleaning

At first glance, scaling and root planing (SRP) and teeth cleaning may appear the same, but they are two distinct dental treatments. Teeth cleaning removes plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of your teeth while scaling and root planing goes deeper by removing bacteria from under the gum line.

Here’s the thing: when tenacious tartar and periodontal pockets develop, regular brushing, flossing, and teeth cleanings won’t suffice. Dental deep cleaning is typically recommended for people with moderate to severe gum disease requiring more aggressive cleaning than just a regular scaling.

If you are still determining which treatment you need, it’s best to consult with our Bloomfield dental team, who can provide an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.


Generally, dental deep cleaning is the first step to establishing healthy, hygienic gum tissue. First, our team examines the teeth and gums to identify the exact treatment needed. If one of our knowledgeable team members suggests scaling and root planing, the procedure starts with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. Then, we carefully scrape and remove build-up along and under the gumline. Afterward, any bumpy surfaces on the enamel are buffed out to prevent future plaque accumulation. 

Need scaling and root planing in Montclair, NJ?

Dr. Yeh and Associates effectively prevent and reverse the damage and deterioration caused by gingivitis, manage bad breath, and effectively protect oral health through dental deep cleanings.

If you’re looking for a deep cleaning dentist near Nutley, Bloomfield, or surrounding areas, look no further. Book your next dental appointment at Dr. Yeh and Associates by calling (973) 338-9595 or messaging us online.

Additionally, feel free to read through our frequently asked questions about deep cleaning dental services (and make sure to write and down and bring your other questions to your next dental appointment at our Montclair, NJ, dental office): 

1. How long does scaling and root planing take?

Typically, scaling and root planing last about one or two hours. Still, it’s important to note that the more advanced and widespread your gum disease is, the longer it will take to remove the bacterial buildup from along and under the gumline. Also, you might need more than one session if the gum disease is pervasive. 

2. Is gum disease reversible?

Do you think that you might have gum disease? Well, we have good and bad news for you. The good news is that gum disease in its earliest stage (gingivitis) is reversible through dental deep cleaning. Unfortunately, when the disease advances into periodontitis, it can only be managed and not reversed. Therefore, being proactive about gum health pays off if you notice any warning signs of gum disease, such as red, puffy, or bleeding gums.