Deep Cleaning

Deep Cleaning

Several patients might be familiar with the term “deep cleaning” and associate it with the biannual cleanings performed by their hygienist. However, it’s important to note that deep cleanings differ from routine cleanings. Deep cleanings are typically carried out when patients have skipped their regular cleanings for an extended period, aiming to address and rectify any periodontal or gum disease issues.

During your dental visit, the hygienist will use a probe to evaluate the extent of bacteria or buildup on or around your teeth. If there is a gap of more than 5 millimeters between the gums and teeth, it is termed “pocketing” within the gum tissue. It becomes a concern as pockets create areas where bacteria can thrive, posing a risk to your teeth and causing enamel deterioration.

If your hygienist detects pockets measuring 5 millimeters or more, your dentist will likely recommend a deep cleaning, typically scheduled as a separate appointment.

Deep cleaning is a simple service you’ll arrange with your hygienist, and the appointment duration will depend on the extent of the necessary work.

The deep cleaning process comprises two main steps: scaling and root planing.

Scaling involves the removal of plaque and tartar from the tooth’s surface and the pockets between the teeth and gums. Using a small tool or an electronic ultrasonic device, your hygienist will remove any buildup and eliminate it through rinsing or flossing.

Following scaling, the hygienist will proceed to root planing, using tools similar to scaling but focusing on the tooth’s root. This step ensures that the root is devoid of debris, allowing the gums to naturally heal over the roots and reduce or eliminate pocket size.

Deep cleaning usually requires at least two appointments and additional follow-up appointments may be scheduled by your dental office to monitor the healing progress and check for any necessary further treatment.

Once your deep cleaning is finished, there are several actions you can take to uphold a healthy mouth and gum line. It’s essential to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once daily. Maintaining this routine is crucial for oral health, helping to minimize the risk of infection or the formation of new buildup during the healing period when gums are recovering, and any pockets are diminishing over the ensuing weeks.

Deep cleanings offer a beneficial opportunity for numerous patients to address gum disease or make up for overdue dental cleanings. If it has been a while since your last dental visit, consider discussing the possibility of scheduling a deep cleaning with the office. Feel free to reach out to us today if you have any further inquiries or wish to set up an appointment.