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Is Deep Teeth Cleaning Necessary?

You have probably had your teeth cleaned before by your dentist or hygienist, but have you heard of deep teeth cleaning, and do you need it?

What Is Deep Teeth Cleaning?

A regular cleaning is designed for the maintenance of healthy gums.  Your dentist or hygienist cleans the teeth, gum line, and sides of the teeth in a process called scaling. A deep teeth cleaning is similar to a basic cleaning as it involves scaling but the dentist or hygienist will also do root planing. This involves removing plaque and tartar from below the gum line, cleaning between the gums and teeth all the way to the roots.  It also involves reaching up along the roots of your teeth to smooth uneven surfaces, preventing plaque from reforming. Deep teeth cleaning can be uncomfortable, and your dentist may administer a local anesthetic to numb the sensation of probing dental tools. Since this procedure is more extensive than a standard cleaning, it may require more than one visit to your dentist’s office.  

How Do I Know if I Need a Deep Teeth Cleaning?

A regular cleaning is recommended for patients who have good oral health.  Healthy gums have small shallow spaces between the teeth and gums. A deep teeth cleaning is recommended for patients who have advanced gum disease (periodontitis). The spaces between the teeth and gums are enlarged forming pockets and exposing the tooth below the gum line allowing bacteria to accumulate. Clients with gum disease experience inflammation of the gums and an aggressive immune response that attacks the bone and the tissue of the mouth.

To determine if you need a deep teeth cleaning, see your dentist.  She will examine your teeth and gums and measure the depth of the pockets between them.  If they measure more than 3 mm and you display other symptoms of disease, you may need a deep teeth cleaning in order to slow or halt the process of gum disease. Make sure you see your dentist at the first sign of gum disease.

Signs That You Should Consult Your Dentist:

  • Red, swollen, tender or bleeding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Pain when chewing  

If you are experiencing gum disease, you are a candidate for a deep teeth cleaning. Once the plaque is removed, your gums will begin to heal and reform the seal around your teeth.  This takes six to eight weeks. But beware; gum disease has a tendency to reoccur, as bone loss from periodontitis is irreversible making it easier for plaque to creep under you gums.  You’ll need to take good care of your teeth. After undergoing deep teeth cleaning, your dentist may ask you to have more frequent check-ups in order to monitor your healing and determine if further treatments are necessary.  If you suspect you have symptoms of gum disease, see your dentist.

To discuss deep teeth cleaning, call Centennial Smiles Dental at (587) 317‑7959.

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