Periodontal health is important to prevent tooth loss and other oral health concerns, so when periodontitis (a severe form of gum disease) develops, you may need a deep dental cleaning to treat the disease and prevent more severe concerns from developing.
If a dentist recommends a deep dental cleaning, a patient may have anxiety in anticipation of the procedure. The following review discusses what a deep dental cleaning procedure is and how to prepare and recover after the procedure to calm anxieties and feel confident on the day of the cleaning.
Deep dental cleaning often referred to as scaling and root planing, involves removing plaque and tartar buildup below the gum line. A traditional dental cleaning only cleans along the gum line, which is is enough for patients who have ideal periodontal health. However, patients who have gum disease may require deep dental cleaning to ensure optimal periodontal health. Most notably, a deep dental cleaning is typically recommended when the dentist suspects that the patient has periodontitis, a progressive form of gum disease that puts the long-term health of the gums, jaw, and teeth in jeopardy.
There are two steps involved with a deep dental cleaning. The first step is scaling. This involves the removal of all plaque, tartar, and bacteria along and beneath the gum line. The second step is root planing. This step involves smoothing the root of the tooth. This accomplishes several goals.
First, it allows the gums to remain clean without bacteria and plaque accumulating. Secondly, root planing allows the gums to reattach to the roots of teeth. The entire process takes one or two visits. Some dentists clean one quadrant of the mouth at a time, which may lead to a follow-up visit to complete the process.
There are no special preparations necessary for deep dental cleaning. It is a minimally invasive procedure that does not cause much discomfort. To ease anxiety, a patient should consider discussing the procedure with the dentist or hygienist performing the deep dental cleaning and let them know during the procedure if they need a more numbing agent to reduce discomfort.
Most patients recover from a deep dental cleaning within 24 hours, and they can return to normal activity soon after leaving the office. To reduce the risk of complications and make the fastest recovery possible, keep the mouth clean by practicing good oral hygiene and eating foods that are low in sugar. Patients can also take pain relief medication to monitor discomfort during recovery.
If it has been more than six months since your last check-up visit or if you have oral health concerns, contact our office to arrange a visit. During your visit, we can conduct an oral examination and recommend any treatments that we feel will benefit your oral health.
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