Deep Cleanings

Deep Cleanings

Gum disease is a common problem for most Americans, and yet very few get deep cleanings to properly treat the infection. Many patients view the procedure as unnecessary, but what they do not realize is how serious gum disease can be if left untreated. Don’t let this become one of your mistakes. Instead, at the first sign of periodontal infection you should contact your dentist. If the infection is left to progress you may require the more invasive and expensive procedures to restore your smile and protect your health.

What are Dental Deep Cleanings?

This treatment, also called scaling and root planing is used to remove troublesome plaque that builds up below the gums. Initially, plaque is a simple combination of saliva and bacteria. However, in less than two days this substance can harden into calculus or tartar, and penetrate the gumline. These substances are impossible to remove with just a toothbrush and toothpaste. Instead they require help from a dentist before the infection spreads, loosens your gums, and infects the ligaments and bones supporting your teeth.

A deep cleaning is a non-surgical procedure that involves scaling and root planing. Scaling is where the dentist scrapes tartar from both above and below the gumline using specialized tools. Once the hardened plaque is removed the dentist will smooth any rough spots on the teeth. These areas are known to harbor bacteria and can impede your recovery. The planing treatment creates a clean, infection free surface for the gums to re-adhere to as they heal. Both parts of the procedure will be done under local anesthesia. Often this treatment will take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the extent of the infection. If periodontal infection is severe enough, the dentist may have to break treatment down into quadrants. This may spread the deep cleaning treatment across two or more appointments.

After dental deep cleanings you may be prescribed an ongoing treatment plan to prevent the recurrence of gum disease. Not only will this include at home oral health care, but also follow-up visits for professional cleanings. You may also require mouth rinses, medication, or special toothpastes to keep your smile and mouth healthy.

When is a Deep Cleaning Needed?

After full mouth exams and x-rays the dentist will have a clear picture of how far the infection has progressed. If the results show bone loss and deep pockets along the gumline, then scaling and root planing will be required to treat infection. If left untreated the infection will only get worse. In some cases it will even progress to the point where the more expensive, surgical procedures are the only treatment options left. You dont want that.

Do not let your gum disease get the better of your smile and your health. Instead get treatment right away and talk with our dentist about deep cleanings. With scaling and root planing the dentist clears tartar from the surface of your teeth, smoothes the rough surfaces for quicker recovery, and helps you keep periodontal infection at bay. Contact us to find out more about our affordable, less invasive treatments for periodontal disease.

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