There are some cases in which a regular dental cleaning isn’t enough. Plaque and tartar has settled over time along the gum line, on the teeth, and in other areas of your mouth. When this occurs, your we may need to perform a deep cleaning. These are recommended so that more of the buildup can be removed to prevent gum disease and gingivitis. We also want to prevent tooth loss and/or decay. Deep cleanings are an excellent way to protect against gum disease and the damage that it causes to your gums and supporting bone in your mouth.
What can I expect during a deep cleaning appointment?
The deep cleaning process includes a thorough examination of your mouth. It’s likely that you will be given a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable while your dentist performs the necessary scaling (removal of build up along and beneath the gum line) and extensive planning (to smooth tooth roots). If you wish, you can also talk to your dentist about sedation dentistry, though you will need to arrange for transportation to and from your appointment if you choose this option.
Because the process of performing deep cleanings can be intense, your dentist will usually only treat one section of your mouth at a time. An example may be that during your first appointment the dentist will cover the lower right side of your mouth, and schedule the upper right area for a later date and time. There are instances where this may not happen depending on the amount of deep dental cleaning you may require; your dentist will keep you informed during each step of the process.
How do regular cleanings differ from deep cleanings?
Different patients require different treatment levels. Patients who show no signs of visible tooth roots and any other compromising issues will typically be scheduled for a regular cleaning session, and that will end their appointment. That is not to say that you will not receive a regular cleaning during the deep cleaning process, it just means that more time and attention will be paid towards removing any build up below the gum line, and planing to smooth out the tooth roots.
Special care following your deep cleaning appointment
There are steps you will want to take after your series of deep cleanings to gain the most benefits from the procedure. First and foremost, you should not do any aggressive brushing or flossing for a short period of time following your appointment. This allows your teeth and gums to heal and recover from the procedure you just had. In some cases, you may notice some mild pain or discomfort, as well as increased tooth and gum sensitivity. If this happens, be sure to discuss options with your dentist on the best ways to alleviate your pain and any soreness you may have. It is also a good idea to avoid or cut back on your usual intake of very hot or very cold foods, and foods that contain high amounts of sugar, since your mouth may be more sensitive to these items.
If you are in need of deep cleanings to eliminate the build up and bacteria that cannot be eliminated by a regular cleaning alone, please call 512-331-1477 or email us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Justin D’Abadie or Jaya Hiremath. They strive to make each deep cleaning as comfortable as possible, so that you can be on your way to happier, healthy smile.
For more information on deep cleanings, please see this article on treating periodontal diseases with deep cleanings.