Deep Cleaning Teeth
When is Deep Teeth Cleaning Needed?
Most of us love the way our teeth feel after we get our teeth cleaned at our regular dental checkups.
When we take care of our teeth, and our teeth and gums are healthy, a regular cleaning and polishing, as often as our dentist recommends, helps us maintain our oral health.
If we don’t regularly remove the film and bacteria that builds up on and around our teeth, they become an easy target for mouth and gum disease that may need more than a routine cleaning… we may need to see our dentist for Deep Cleaning.
Why is Deep Cleaning Needed?
We all have plaque in our mouths. If you have a mouth, you have plaque. Plaque is soft, grayish-yellow stuff that contains bacteria. Plaque sticks to the surface of teeth… all teeth…natural teeth, dentures and implants.
The good news:
Regular brushing and flossing removes plaque. The more you brush and floss, the less plaque will stick to your teeth.
The bad news:
After 24 hours in the mouth, plaque begins to harden. The soft plaque, that you could brush and floss away, turns into a hard substance called calculus, commonly called tartar. If calculus, which is even harder than bone, remains on your teeth, brushing and flossing won’t be enough to get your teeth clean.
Just a little more bad news:
Plaque builds up along your gum line. Healthy gums press against your teeth, creating a seal that protects the roots of the teeth from bacteria. Once plaque gets into the gums, or gingiva, the seal can be broken and the gums can get infected, causing redness, swelling, bleeding. This infection is called gingivitis.
The best news:
If gingivitis is caught early, the teeth can be deep cleaned, the damaged reversed and your mouth can be restored to good health. Good daily oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can keep your teeth in good health and prevent gingivitis. If not taken care of, gingivitis can become very serious periodontal disease and more serious infection, tooth and bone loss can occur.
How is Deep Cleaning Done?
Deep Cleaning, also called Scaling and Root Planing, is an effective treatment for gingivitis. The first step is to have an examination of your teeth, to determine the amount of plaque and the size of the spaces between your teeth and gums.
The space between your teeth and gums is called the sulcus. Normally, the sulcus is 3 millimeters (mm) or less. Deep cleaning concentrates on the spaces, or pockets, that are 3 mm or more. Scaling removes plaque from all tooth surfaces, down into the pockets. Root planing smooths out the root surface of the teeth, so that the gum tissue can heal and reattach to the teeth.
Deep Cleaning is usually done using a local anesthetic. Sometimes only one side, or one quarter of your mouth will be done during a single visit. You may feel some discomfort after the procedure. Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually enough to alleviate soreness.
Preventing Tooth and Gum Disease
Tooth and gum disease is preventable. Keeping your teeth healthy requires daily brushing and flossing, regular dental check-ups and periodic professional cleaning. Dr. Holz and his staff focus on helping their patients prevent dental problems. They will give you the tools you need to maintain optimal oral health.
Many insurance companies provide coverage for Deep Cleaning procedures. For more information, if you have any questions or to make an appointment, please contact us.