A deep cleaning procedure, also known as “root planing & scaling,” is different from a regular teeth cleaning. It is a specific procedure that can be used to treat periodontal or gum disease. Deep cleaning may be necessary if you have not been keeping up with regular cleaning appointments.
How will you know if you need a deep cleaning?
We will check for signs of gum disease during a routine checkup. One of the most common signs of gum disease is a separation between the tooth and the gum. If we find too big of a gap, we’ll recommend a deep cleaning to get rid of any bacteria or plaque stuck inside.
What does the process involve?
The deep cleaning procedure usually involves two visits, and possibly a third check-up visit. There are two basic steps to the cleaning process: root planing and scaling.
Root planing is the process of removing tartar and plaque buildups from the roots of your teeth. Scaling is the removal of tartar and plaque from the surface of your teeth and the pockets between your teeth and gums.
Depending on your gum sensitivity and the depth of your pockets, we may need to use a local anesthetic to make the procedure more comfortable for you.
What can you expect afterward?
Your teeth and gums may be more sensitive after the procedure. You can usually treat this pain with an over-the-counter painkiller. We may recommend a gentle cleaning rinse afterward. You’ll also need to practice good oral hygiene habits to avoid any more damage.
To learn more about our deep cleaning procedures or to schedule an appointment, contact us at Dental Innovations today.