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Deep cleaning is distinct from regular cleaning. This particular procedure is subgingival. It performs this function to effectively clean areas such as the tooth roots and periodontal pockets that are difficult to access. Tartar can accumulate on the exterior and roots of teeth. If proper oral hygiene is not maintained to remove tartar, it may result in severe bacterial infections.
Dentists use deep cleaning to get rid of this substance. If they can’t remove the tartar by scraping it off by hand, they’ll also use an ultrasonic device. This is the biggest difference between a deep clean and a normal clean. The process of getting rid of tartar can be challenging at times.
Due to the nature of the procedure, it may require multiple appointments and extended periods to be completed. Ultimately, the case’s severity and tooth sensitivity level will determine the best course of action. Although it may seem daunting, deep cleaning is a crucial aspect of combating harmful infections. If you don’t maintain proper oral hygiene, the condition may deteriorate and necessitate a root canal procedure.
Not all patients require a deep cleaning procedure. If a patient presents with gingivitis, which is the initial stage of periodontal disease, or an advanced stage of periodontal disease, a deep cleaning procedure may be vital to prevent tooth loss and stop the progression of the disease.
During your routine dental examination, a periodontist can assess the presence of any gum pockets by utilizing a probe. Dentist may also use X-rays to evaluate the density of the bones. If the periodontal pockets exceed the limit of what can be addressed with routine oral hygiene practices, a periodontal scaling and root planning procedure is necessary to eliminate the infection and facilitate the healing process. Based on your description, it is possible that you may require localized or generalized planning and scaling procedures.
Deep teeth cleaning by a dentist has two parts: scaling of the gums or periodontal scaling and root planning.
Dentists can complete both phases of deep tooth cleaning using manual scaling tools, electric or ultrasonic instruments, or a combination of the two.
Most of the time, deep teeth cleaning takes two separate visits. The first visit is for scaling the teeth, and the second visit is for root planning.
During the scaling step, all of the plaque and tartar from below the gum line is taken off.
The next step is deep cleaning, which uses an instrument to clean and smooth the tooth’s root. This helps the gums reattach to the tooth and reduces the pocket size or space that can trap unhealthy buildup.
The dentist will use a scaling instrument to remove plaque, tartar, and other buildups from the roots of your teeth during deep cleaning, which is the second part of the deep teeth cleaning procedure.
This makes the root smoother, lets it connect again with the gums, and makes the space between the teeth and gums smaller.
Deep teeth cleaning treats gum diseases like gingivitis and prevent them from getting worse and needing surgery or other more extensive procedures.
Typically, the discomfort associated with the treatment is tolerable. However, individuals with particularly deep periodontal pockets may experience more discomfort than those with shallower pockets. Similarly, individuals experiencing tooth sensitivity may experience significant discomfort. Therefore, a dentist will use local anesthesia when necessary. However, this will only alleviate the discomfort in the gum area.
Performing a deep cleaning procedure on your teeth involves an additional step beyond regular cleaning. During most dental cleanings, we typically remove plaque solely from the surface of your teeth. On the other hand, deep cleaning removes plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots down to the gum line. This will enhance the opportunity for your gums to reattach to your teeth and prevent the entry of bacteria and plaque.
Gum disease is a common oral health issue that can lead to serious problems if left untreated. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to prevent gum disease. Here are some tips:
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