What to Expect From a Deep Cleaning

What to Expect From a Deep Cleaning

If the dentist tells you that you need a deep cleaning, you may feel nervous or even worried. You may wonder how it’s different from a regular cleaning. But it isn’t as bad as it might sound.

A deep cleaning removes tartar and plaque from the roots of your teeth. It’s normally done if we see early signs of gum disease. Dr. Anette Betancor of Dente Complete Dentistry explains more about what you should expect from this procedure.

Fight gum disease

You may already be familiar with a common test the dentist performs, which pokes your gums between each tooth with a probe. This test is called a Comprehensive Periodontal Evaluation, which measures the following six factors:

More specifically, we measure the depths of the spaces between your teeth, which is an indicator of gum disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that this is a more significant concern than most of us know about and that the problem of periodontal disease is worse than we think. They estimate that as many as half of all adults may have gum disease. 

By performing deep cleanings of your teeth and gums, we can make your mouth healthier. 

Gum rejuvenation

A deep cleaning is part of the category that we call gum rejuvenation. As far as treatments go, deep cleanings are relatively minor aspects of gum rejuvenation. We often recommend them upon spotting early signs of gum disease to prevent the problem from getting worse.

Deep cleanings involve two steps: root planing and scaling. We use lasers to assist in allowing your gums to rejuvenate and reattach to your bone. 

How deep cleanings differ from regular cleanings

As part of your regular dental checkups, the dentist or hygienist will do the following things to get your teeth clean:

After doing these things, the dentist or hygienist will rinse away the debris with water.

In a deep cleaning, we do a bit more. First, we numb your gums so that you won’t feel any pain.

Then, we do root scaling and planing procedures, which means that we clean your teeth under the gumline. We use lasers to perform these tasks, which is much more effective than using hand-guided instruments.

We remove the tartar and bacteria from the roots of your teeth. We also smooth down the tooth’s roots to make them attach more easily to your gums. Sometimes, we may even apply antimicrobials below the gumline to kill bacteria.

While a normal tooth cleaning typically takes less than an hour, a deep cleaning can take several hours, depending on the severity of the tartar buildup.

Performing laser-assisted root scaling and planing makes things better for you, however. Not only can we usually do it in less time compared to using manual instruments, but it also produces less bleeding and swelling.

After a deep cleaning

After getting a deep cleaning, your mouth may be a bit sore and sensitive for a few days. You’ll want to brush your teeth twice a day with an antimicrobial, fluoridated toothpaste and clean between your teeth daily with floss or an interdental device designed to remove plaque. In addition, you should use mouth rinse every day, limit starchy foods, and avoid smoking.

If you need a deep cleaning, you shouldn’t put it off any longer. Contact Dr. Anette Betancor at Dente Complete Dentistry today or request an appointment online.

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