What Is a Deep Cleaning?
A deep cleaning is one of the best (and only nonsurgical) treatments for periodontal disease, which is an infection of your gum tissue and underlying bone. A deep cleaning consists of two processes: scaling and root planing. With scaling and root planing, periodontal disease is treated by mechanically removing all the calculus (tartar) and bacteria from your teeth and root surfaces. In addition to helping treat periodontal disease, deep cleanings can also help your oral health if you haven’t had a regular dental cleaning in a while and have a moderate amount of calculus below your gum line as a result.
Why Do I Need a Deep Cleaning?
Your need for a deep cleaning typically begins when plaque is left around your gum line and on your teeth. Once this plaque mixes with saliva, it turns into calculus. Eventually, the calculus in your mouth will release toxins that cause gum inflammation, irritation, and infection. Leaving this condition untreated can lead to serious consequences such as tooth loss.
How Do I Know If I Need a Deep Cleaning?
In order to properly diagnose periodontal disease and find out if your smile can benefit from a deep cleaning, your dentist needs to take necessary x-rays and detailed measurements of all your gum tissues that surround your teeth. If any of these measurements in your mouth are greater than 3mm in depth, you probably have periodontal disease and need to undergo a deep cleaning.
What Can I Expect During My Deep Cleaning?
Your deep cleaning is typically completed in one or two visits to our dental office. Your dentist or dental hygienist uses an ultra sonic scaler and/or hand instruments to remove the calculus in your mouth. Local anesthesia is commonly used during your deep cleaning in order to ensure maximum comfort. In addition to your deep cleaning, antibacterial agents may also be used to further stop and reverse the effects of periodontal disease.
How Can I Maintain a Healthy Smile After My Deep Cleaning?
In order to maintain a healthy smile after your deep cleaning, it’s standard to undergo more cleanings on a yearly basis in order to properly fight periodontal disease. Since every case is different, you may need to undergo periodic scaling and root planing as well after your initial deep cleaning. However, no matter what, it is crucial that you practice proper daily dental hygiene routines in order to guarantee a healthy beautiful smile for life.
For more information about deep cleanings or to request a consultation, contact our experienced dental team at Premier Dentistry today.