During a routine dental cleaning, special tools will be used by your dental hygienist to remove plaque and …
Everyone has plaque. It builds up on your teeth throughout the day, and you can remove it with a toothbrush and floss at least once per day. That said, it is very difficult to remove every last bit of plaque from even the best at-home oral hygiene routine. That's where professional dental cleanings come in!
During a dental cleaning, one of our friendly hygienists will scrape off any plaque that you missed while brushing and flossing at home. They will even clean beneath the gum line to remove bacteria in case it has settled there. Then we will polish your teeth to leave them looking bright and shiny. Cleanings are quick and painless, and they can help you keep your mouth healthy and happy.
Deep dental cleanings involve providing your teeth with a deep cleaning to get rid of plaque, tartar, and bacteria accumulated below the gum line and down to your tooth roots. This is done using special dental tools. The bacteria responsible for the gum disease are usually present in the tartar deposits on the teeth surfaces protected by your gums. When the bacteria multiply and grow, the toxins released by them will irritate your gums. This can lead to the gums pulling away from your teeth' surfaces, creating tiny pockets that allow the bacteria to move down to the roots. Infections around the lower part of your tooth can further weaken the roots, eventually leading to tooth loss.
Q. What is a deep cleaning?
A. A deep cleaning, also known as a deep dental cleaning or scaling and root planing, is a non-surgical procedure performed by a dentist or dental hygienist to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from below the gumline and around the teeth.
Q. Why do I need a deep cleaning?
A. Deep cleanings are typically recommended when there is a significant buildup of plaque and tartar, and when there are signs of gum disease such as gum inflammation, bleeding, or pocket formation. It is an effective treatment to address gum disease and prevent further progression.
Q. How is a deep cleaning different from a regular cleaning?
A. A regular cleaning, also called a prophylaxis, focuses on removing plaque and tartar from the visible surfaces of the teeth and above the gumline. A deep cleaning, on the other hand, involves cleaning below the gumline and smoothing the tooth roots to remove bacteria and toxins that cause gum disease.
Q. Does a deep cleaning hurt?
A. During a deep cleaning, the dentist or dental hygienist will usually administer a local anesthetic to numb the gums and ensure your comfort. As a result, you should not feel any pain during the procedure. After the deep cleaning, your gums may feel tender or sore for a few days, but this discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Q. How long does a deep cleaning take?
A. The duration of a deep cleaning can vary depending on the extent of the gum disease and the number of areas that need to be treated. Typically, it takes two separate appointments to complete a full mouth deep cleaning, with each appointment lasting around 1 to 2 hours.
Q. Are there any side effects or risks associated with deep cleanings?
A. Deep cleanings are generally safe procedures, but some individuals may experience temporary side effects such as gum soreness, sensitivity, or slight bleeding. In rare cases, an infection or damage to the tooth roots may occur. It is important to follow post-treatment instructions provided by your dentist to minimize any potential risks.
Q. How can I maintain the results of a deep cleaning?
A. Following a deep cleaning, it is crucial to maintain good oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and use an antibacterial mouthwash recommended by your dentist. Attend regular dental check-ups and cleanings to prevent the recurrence of gum disease.
Q. Can a deep cleaning cure gum disease?
A. Deep cleanings are an effective treatment for gum disease, especially in its early stages. However, in more advanced cases, additional treatments or surgical interventions may be necessary. It is important to consult with your dentist to determine the best course of action for your specific situation.
Q. Will my dental insurance cover the cost of a deep cleaning?
A. Many dental insurance plans cover a portion or all of the cost of a deep cleaning, particularly if it is deemed medically necessary to treat gum disease. However, coverage can vary, so it is recommended to check with your dental insurance provider to understand your specific coverage details.
Q. Can I prevent the need for a deep cleaning?
A. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, can help prevent the development of gum disease and the need for a deep cleaning. However, if gum disease does occur, early detection and prompt treatment can help minimize the severity and potential need for a deep cleaning.