Gum Root Planing and Scaling
What is Deep Teeth Cleaning
When excessive debris and bacteria have accumulated on the teeth, your dentist and hygienist may suggest deep teeth cleaning (scaling and root planing). This type of treatment requires your hygienist to clean below your gum line any accumulated tartar or plaque. By removing these irritants, it allows your gums to begin healing and prevent future periodontal disease from developing.
It is important to keep up with maintenance after your deep cleaning. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, utilizing mouth rinses and keeping a balanced diet will help prevent further periodontal developments. Returning for regular schedule dental cleanings and exams will help you get ahead and stay on top of any developing issues.
At Rivers Bend Family Dentistry , we are committed to providing our patients with the care and support they need. If you are scheduled to have this procedure or have any questions, please contact our staff to see if deep teeth cleaning is right for you. We are proud to provide one-of-a-kind personalized care that is tailored to your unique needs.
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Deep Cleaning Expectations
Deep teeth cleaning procedures can take one or two dental appointments depending on the extent of your needs. At your first examination, your dentist or hygienist will assess the extent of your periodontal disease. If the disease requires significant intervention, it may be suggested to use local anesthetic throughout the procedure to alleviate any discomfort during the process.
If anesthetic is necessary and after being administered, your hygienist will begin the deep cleaning process. The process involves removing tartar and plaque around the tooth and below the gum line. The root surfaces will feel smooth and clear as they should be after the root planing. After the procedure has been completed, your hygienist and dentist may suggest using antibiotics as an adjunctive therapy.
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Candidates For Deep Cleaning
Periodontal Disease is often asymptomatic. So you may come in not showing any issues. But if you’re experiencing one or more of the following symptoms you may be a candidate for deep teeth cleaning:
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Swollen or Sensitive Gums
- Bleeding or inflamed gums
- Reddened or Gum Discoloration
It’s important to remember the longer gum disease is left unchecked, the more damage it creates. Left long enough, it will lead to loss of teeth. It’s a good idea to follow the recommendations of your hygienist and dentist when it comes to periodontal gum disease to have teeth that work for a lifetime.
Deep Teeth Cleaning Benefits
The most important reason to have a deep teeth cleaning is to slow down the process of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease starts with inflammation and bleeding of the gums, and worsens with accumulation of plaque and calculus. When left untreated, gum and periodontal disease progresses to eventual tooth loss. Periodontal disease can also affect other areas of the body, increasing the risk of heart disease and infective endocarditis. You may exhibit bad breath (halitosis) that can be instantly resolved with a deep cleaning.
If you are experiencing any of the issues above, please feel free to contact our staff today to see if a deep cleaning is right for you.
Post Treatment Care
After a deep teeth cleaning, there are no necessary changes to diet and eating habits. Make sure to continue brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice daily. And don’t forget your regular 6 month visits with your hygienist and dentist.
Every person’s situation and specific insurance plan is unique and different. And with most dental procedures, what and how much a procedure will be covered is ultimately determined by your specific policy and plan. The good news is most dental insurance plans have some coverage for periodontal and deep teeth cleaning procedures. If you do not currently have dental insurance coverage or have questions about payment options, always feel free to contact our knowledgeable staff. They are always happy to discuss possible options with you.