Periodontal Disease (deep cleaning)
What is Deep Teeth Cleaning?
Dental deep cleaning, also known as gum therapy, is a non-surgical treatment that cleans out the teeth beyond a routine cleaning. The official dental term is periodontal scaling and root planning. The procedure is more extensive than a standard cleaning because it is designed to treat gum disease and stop it from becoming worse.
During the procedure, your dental hygienist will clean out the tooth, gum line, and the sides of the teeth. This process requires at least twice the length of time to enact steps to remove tartar buildup down below the gum line to the root of the tooth. This process is then referred as a root planning and scaling.
What is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis is a chronic infection and a gum disease. Bacteria can collect in the gaps abd pockets and spaces below the gum line, and then the bacteria release acids that dissolve the bone tissue between the teeth and the jawbone. Thus, the plaque from the bacteria can build up to form tartar, usually due to inadequate oral hygiene and infrequent flossing.
This gum disease is common but is mostly preventable. Symptoms can include swollen or puffy gums (feeling tender or bleed easily), bad breath, pus in gum line, loose teeth, painful chewing, and new spaces between your teeth. If you notice any symptoms, let us know so we can help you seek treatment at Parklane Dental!
What is the difference with standard cleaning?
A standard cleaning can not remove plaque when it hardens and turns into tartar. A regular cleaning removes plaque on your teeth, but periodontistis is formed when plaque forms below the gum line. If regular hygiene and flossing habits are not followed, your gums may show symptoms of gingivitis. If left untreated, this can further result in peridontistis.
An x-ray and exam is taken to read the pocket depth of your gum line. If the gum line is too deep or filled with plaque buildup, a standard cleaning will not get the job done. The goal of a standard cleaning is routine, preventative maintenance (just like your annual health checkups!) The goal of deep cleaning is to stop the progression of periodontal diseases.
Do I really need it?
Only your dental team can tell you for sure based on your unique dental situation of your gumline. If left untreated, periodontists will eventually lead to the loss of your teeth. As a normal cleaning can not removed the hardened tartar, the gum line will continue to recede and the tooth will be exposed, leading to nerve pain and further plaque buildup.
Patients respond really well to dental cleaning. Dental deep cleaning can often be done in a single visit to to Parklane Dental. However, if your oral condition is experiencing trouble spots or the gum disease might be widespread, our dental team will usually work on one side of your mouth per appointment.
If you have any question, do not hesitate to ask us at your next appointment!
How do I prepare?
Deep cleaning can cause slight discomfort, so Dr. To and your dental team here will use a local anesthetic to help you feel more comfortable. Let us know what medication you are taking so we can best accommodate your health history. Your teeth might be sensitive following the procedure, and this is normal. Give us a call if the situation does not improve!
After your deep cleaning, your hygienist at Parklane Dental will share home care instructions base on your unique dental situation. You will most likely be given a follow-up appointment for periodontal maintenance to check on your condition. It is common to increase the frequency of regular cleanings to more than twice a year. This is to help reduce the plaque buildup that immediately follows a cleaning to prevent new infection and promote healing.