For some patients, especially those who haven’t had a regular checkup in awhile, a regular cleaning may not be able to remove all of the buildup and bacteria that can settle on the surface of your teeth. In these cases, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning to help you avoid serious dental issues such as tooth decay, tooth loss, and gingivitis. At times, deep cleanings are the best way to prevent gum disease, which can cause serious damage to the bone structure that supports your teeth. Gum disease can also cause painful inflammation of your gums.
What can you expect during deep cleanings?
During a normal deep cleaning, your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and gums for any serious dental issues that may be present. Then, your mouth will be numbed if extensive scaling or planing will be involved in order to ensure your maximum comfort during the procedure. Deep cleanings typically involved several appointments; one for each quadrant of your mouth, depending on how much dental work you need. Scaling to remove bacteria-breeding plaque and buildup from your teeth, and planing to smooth exposed tooth roots make up the main part of a deep cleaning visit, though regular polishing will also take place as well. Your dentist will fully discuss your specific treatment procedures and schedule with you before beginning.
How do deep cleanings differ from regular cleanings?
Deep cleanings often involved procedures left out of regular cleanings, such as root planing (or smoothing) for tooth roots that have been left exposed by tooth decay or gum loss. Any remnants of compromised teeth may also be removed. Your dentist will also remove tartar and plaque from your teeth, as in regular cleanings, but any additional treatments that need to be performed may be taken care of during this time as well. After a deep cleaning, your teeth and gums may be sensitive for a few days, so you will want to brush gently and carefully.
If you have missed a few regular dental visits and feel you may be in need of a deep cleaning, call Manhattan Beach Dental Center today at 310-376-0482 to schedule a consultation with one of our caring professionals. Our staff strives to keep you as comfortable as we can during the deep cleaning procedure and allow you to leave our office with a happier, healthier smile.