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Dental Cleaning 101: The What, Why and How of Deep Dental Cleaning?

When we talk about deep dental cleaning, it is quite common to think of it as the aggressive brushing you do after multiple coffee-runs or the rinse-brush-floss regimen you follow after a Thanksgiving dinner.

However, in reality, deep dental cleaning is a procedure that is conducted by a dental professional. Using specialized dental tools and under specific conditions. In general and cosmetic dentistry, it is a cornerstone of excellent oral hygiene and a dental staple!

Quite a handful of tri city family dentistry clinics offer deep dental cleaning besides regular teeth cleaning appointments. In this article we will debunk it and understand how it is different from regular dental cleaning. We will enlist its advantages and disadvantages.

What is a Deep Dental Cleaning?

Deep Dental Cleaning or gum therapy, also referred to as periodontal scaling and root planning. It is a dental process which cleans between the teeth, below the gum line and all the way down to the root.

It is a thoroughly invasive treatment and while the exact duration of the procedure depends upon the amount of oral damage it is often stretched onto two dental appointments, each lasting between 1 to 2 hours. The first appointment is mostly for scaling, while the second is for root planing.

One of the most important things to understand is how it differs from regular dental cleaning. In a standard teeth cleaning process, the teeth surfaces above the gum line are cleaned.

However, in this, the dentist goes one step ahead and cleans below the gum line, removing accumulated plaque and tartar in the space or ‘pocket’ between the teeth and the gum.

What Happens in Deep Dental Cleaning?

As mentioned previously, it is more technically referred to as periodontal scaling and root planing. This 2-step process begins with scaling. That is removing plaque and tartar from all the visible surfaces of the teeth and the gum pockets.

Both manual tools like dental scalers and a pressurized water jet and electronic devices like lasers can be used for scaling. Using laser technology can minimize pain, inhibit bleeding and shorten the post-cleaning recovery period.

Next comes the fun bit- root planing. A dental instrument is used to clean and smooth the root of the tooth. This allows the teeth to quickly and easily reattach to the gums, shrinking the size of the gum-pockets which are storage grounds for plaque and tartar.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Deep Dental Cleaning

Like any medical procedure, it has its advantages and disadvantages. If your doctor has recommended a deep teeth cleaning, here are some of the benefits you will yield:

  • Stopping the progression of gum disease and initiate healing
  • Cleaning the teeth by removing plaque, tartar and excessive bacteria
  • Strengthening the teeth at the root level
  • Eliminating bad breath caused due to a possible gum disease
  • Promoting great short-term and long-term oral hygiene

Despite all of its pros, here are a few side-effects that a deep dental cleaning can have:

  • Short term pain and sensitivity
  • Possibility of prolonged infection and even nerve damage
  • Promotion of gum recession that can alleviate the buildup of excessive tartar and plaque

Who needs Deep Dental Cleaning?

Can’t remember, when was the last time you visited the dentist’s office? Chances are that you are eligible for a it. Just like majority of dental professionals, most Richland family dental clinics recommend a standard dental cleaning every 6 months.

However, if you have been negligent and haven’t booked a dentist appointment in a long while, then your dentist might opt for a deep teeth cleaning instead. Deep dental cleaning is also recommended for patients who suffer from gum diseases or other periodontal issues.

Gum diseases like gingivitis can cause the pockets between your teeth to widen beyond the normal measurement of 3 millimeters, allowing tartar and plaque to be trapped more easily. Dentists often recommend deep teeth cleaning when the gap widens to 5 or more millimeters.

Is Deep Dental Cleaning painful?

It is quite common to experience discomfort during a deep dental cleaning, however, the procedure is not necessarily painful. This is the reason why most tri city family dentistry clinics administer a local anesthetic to elevate the patient’s comfort level.

Similarly, post-cleaning dental sensitivity, which includes sore and swollen gums, is also quite the run-of-the-mill outcome. There are numerous ways of managing and relieving this pain; from using painkillers, and soft-bristled brushes to rinsing your mouth with warm water & honey or warm water and salt.

We hope that by discussing various aspects of a deep dental cleaning, this article will help you make your next appointment without hesitation. As a patient there isn’t much that you need to worry about, except for finding the right dental practitioner that you can trust.

At Casper Family Dental, we can guarantee that you will be in good hands! Casper Family Dental is a tri-city family dental clinic that is offering free dental exams and stress-free deep dental cleaning to patients in Richland, Kennewick and Pasco WA.