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Even though you may be diligent about cleaning your teeth twice a day at home, your dentist may recommend deep teeth cleaning for your next appointment.
- You may be thinking, is a dental deep cleaning necessary? Here are a few of the benefits of deep cleaning teeth.
- Preventing the onset or advancement of gum disease
- Help treat a current infection
- Promote healing
- Eliminate bad breath
- Protecting the roots of your teeth
Read on to learn more about the dental deep cleaning procedure and why you might need it.
What is A Dental Deep Cleaning?
Plaque is a sticky residue that collects on teeth when food is mixed with saliva. It can harbor bacteria that promote tooth decay as well as bad breath.
You remove plaque when you brush, but even diligent brushing cannot remove every trace of plaque and tartar on your teeth. The leftover plaque hardens and calcifies into tartar. Over time, the plaque and tartar buildup can lead to health challenges for your teeth and gums, such as bad breath and gum inflammation.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums that will lead to periodontitis if left untreated. Periodontal disease is an infection caused by tartar, stain, and plaque on the root area of the teeth.
If left untreated, the infection and buildup can cause damage to the bones and soft tissues your teeth need for support. As a result, untreated periodontitis will eventually lead to severe bone loss which leads to tooth loss.
Scaling and root planing through deep cleaning methods ensure the continued good health and support of your teeth and gums.
Deep cleaning, sometimes referred to as deep gum cleaning, uses specialized dental tools to clean the teeth’ gum line, tooth, and sides.
A deep cleaning procedure is not the same for a routine clean-up that should be performed every 6-months. Instead, it is most often reserved for people who have gum disease or are at risk because of a significant buildup of plaque.
When gums become inflamed, they pull away from the teeth, clearing the way for trapping even more plaque and tartar. The bone and tissue supporting the teeth are then damaged, which leads to eventual tooth loss.
When Will Deep Cleanings Be Recommended?
If you notice red and swollen gums, tender gums when brushing, or your teeth appear longer than usual, then a checkup is recommended. Your dentist will examine your teeth for signs on whether to refer you to a periodontist for a teeth deep clean.
How Long Does A Deep Cleaning Take?
A skilled periodontist will take approximately a one or 2-hour single appointment with deep cleanings. They will only work on one or two quadrants of your mouth at a time. If there are a few trouble spots, it may require another appointment to ensure all of your teeth are clean and restore your oral health.
What Should I Expect After Deep Cleaning?
A deep cleaning is a procedure performed on sensitive, tender parts of your gums. Your gums may be swollen and tender for a couple of days after.
Your periodontist may prescribe you a mouth rinse to maintain your hygiene while recovering, to ensure that your gums do not become infected.
Some clients may require antibiotics to prevent infection if there is an infection present in the gums. Regular follow-up visits will be necessary to monitor the healing progress.
It’s highly recommended you quit smoking, as smoking is a significant contributor to gum disease. Learn more about what to expect after a deep cleaning here.
Caring for Teeth After A Deep Cleaning
Once your deep cleaning procedure is complete, your periodontist will recommend a home care routine appropriate for your situation.
They will also want to check up on your condition 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure to note any changes (improvements or no changes). Also, as a precautionary measure, it may be recommended to increase your dental hygiene visits to every three months rather than the usual six.
This is so your periodontist can keep a close eye on your teeth, monitor their healing, and take measurements to ensure everything progresses as expected.
The majority of people recover well from a dental deep cleaning, and keeping up with dental hygiene at home with regular checkups will help prevent the return of any problems.
Soon after a deep cleaning, you will notice your teeth and gums looking pink, clean, and healthy rather than inflamed and tender. Over time, the pockets will shrink, and you can rest easy knowing that you have avoided a severe and painful condition.
Still have questions about deep cleanings?
Let us help you protect your teeth against periodontitis! The best treatment for gum disease is prevention.