Plaque and tarter on teeth create the ideal conditions for bacteria to thrive in your mouth. Brushing alone will not be able to fight this buildup on teeth and gums. A deep cleaning is necessary in the battle against gum disease. Without this deep cleaning, the support for teeth will break down eventually causing teeth to become loose. To stop the progression of gum disease, dentists recommend deep cleaning of your teeth and gums followed by reevaluation of the gum health and regular periodontal maintenance appointments to prevent the recurrence of gum disease.
Deep Cleaning Procedure
Many people experience confusion when differentiating between a regular cleaning and a deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing. A regular cleaning only removes plaque and tarter above the gumline. The deep cleaning, is needed when periodontal disease is diagnosed. Scaling is the process of tartar removal from the teeth and root surfaces. Root planing is a procedure in which the dentist smoothes the root surface, removing infected structure. These deep cleaning tools are essential for the treatment of gum disease. Gum disease creates gum pockets around the teeth. They can grow deeper allowing tartar beneath the gums. If this tartar is not removed, the gums and bone supporting the teeth will begin to breakdown, eventually causing teeth to become loose and even be lost.
Deep Cleaning Expectations
A topical numbing gel or local anesthetic is usually used so the deep cleaning process is comfortable. Specialized dental instruments are then used to carefully remove tartar and smooth the tooth and root surfaces. Discuss options with your dental professional how to best manage discomfort.
Discomfort can vary after deep cleaning, some temporary soreness of the gums is normal and the teeth may be more sensitive to temperatures. You may be recommend rinses or ibuprofen to alleviate discomfort.
Northland professionals strive to make your deep cleaning as quick and painless as possible. Your teeth might feel a little strange when you leave, but the improvement in oral hygiene is certainly worth it.