Going to the dentist for cleanings and exams is essential to good oral health. If you take great care of your teeth at home, the appointment is usually straightforward. However, at some point, you might hear that you need a deep cleaning. What is it? Is it actually necessary?
When to Get a Deep Cleaning
Deep cleanings are more extensive than a typical preventive cleaning because the focus is on treating existing gum disease.
The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. It is characterized by gums that are tender, swollen, abnormally red, and prone to bleeding. If the disease progresses to periodontitis, your gums will start to pull away from your teeth. You might experience pain, more tooth sensitivity, and persistent bad breath. If gum disease isn’t treated, it will eventually result in infection and tooth loss.
What Is a Deep Cleaning?
Deep cleanings target the area below the gumline. To determine if you need a deep cleaning, we take X-rays and pocket depth readings. With a special ruler, we measure your gum pockets. If they are deeper than normal, bacteria build-up can cause serious damage to your teeth and jawbone.
Using a careful process, we’ll perform scaling and root planing. Scaling removes the accumulated plaque and tartar from the gum pockets. Root planing smooths the roots of your teeth, helping the gums reattach to your teeth. It may take a few appointments to get your mouth totally clean.
Deep Cleanings at Farmington Dental & Orthodontics
Deep cleanings stop gum disease from progressing to protect you from tooth loss and additional pain. We only recommend a deep cleaning if we believe you need one to get your oral health back on track.
If you have questions about the deep cleaning process or any of our other dental services, please contact us!