Deep Cleaning

Has your dentist told you that you need a deep cleaning? Then keep reading to learn more about this treatment and how it can help save your smile.

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Benefits

  • Prevents early gum disease
  • Enhanced oral health
  • Removes harmful bacteria
  • Fresher breath

Questions?

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.

What Can I Expect During My Deep Cleaning?

Your dental specialist will remove plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and along the gumline. This process is called root planing, and a scaling instrument and high-powered laser is used for a deep cleaning.

Before root planing, we will numb the gums and mouth tissue with local anesthesia. This laser effectively removes plaque and tartar and provides minimal discomfort and bleeding. Your dentist may use an antimicrobial solution to eliminate bacteria inside your gum pockets.

Afterward, you may experience sensitivity and soreness following the procedure. As always, make scheduled appointments where we check on your progress!

For more information about deep cleanings or to request a consultation, contact our experienced dental team at Premier Dentistry today.