Deep Cleaning | Root Planing & Scaling
Regular dental cleanings are an essential part of maintaining good oral hygiene, but did you know there are different levels of cleaning? Sometimes, a standard cleaning by a dental hygienist isn’t enough. If bacteria invade below your gumline, you’ll need a deep dental cleaning to restore your gums to health.
Some extra love for your teeth and gums.
How is dental deep cleaning different from a regular cleaning?
Unlike a regular cleaning, which focuses on the surfaces of your teeth, deep cleaning involves getting rid of bacteria and tartar buildup below the gumline. This process is also known as root planing and scaling.
During root planing, your dentist or dental hygienist will use a small tool to scrape away any plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. They will also smooth out any rough spots on your teeth roots where bacteria can hide.
Scaling is the second part of a deep cleaning. This involves using a small, pointed tool to remove tartar buildup from below the gumline.
Deep cleanings are usually done in two or more sessions, depending on the severity of the buildup. You may need to come back for a follow-up appointment to make sure all the tartar has been removed.
A deep cleaning is a necessary step in treating periodontal disease . If you have periodontitis, which is a more advanced form of periodontal disease, you may need to have surgery to remove the tartar buildup.
If you’re due for a regular cleaning or you think you may need a deep cleaning, contact Tooth Love to schedule an appointment.