For most people, battling gum disease starts with a procedure called a “deep cleaning,” also known as a periodontal scaling and root planing. If you don’t enjoy having your teeth cleaned in general, the term “deep cleaning” may make you feel a bit uneasy. Fortunately it’s an effective and therapeutic way to help you eliminate the cause of tooth and bone loss.
During your deep cleaning, we will usually numb the area of your mouth being cleaned. Some patients have only one side of the mouth treated at a time, while others may have their full mouth cleaned. The numbing agent may be delivered through an injection, which lasts longer, or with a temporary gel that wears off about 30 minutes. Both types of anesthesia assist in decreasing any discomfort that you have during the cleaning.
As your teeth are cleaned, the areas of the roots will be carefully scaled with a manual or ultrasonic instrument. This lifts the calcified tartar deposits from the tooth – deposits that cause the gums to detach due to the bacteria that they harbor. Ultrasonic instrumentation also flushes away the loose biofilm from the deepest pockets, creating a clean environment that accommodates healing.
Once the root surfaces are completely cleaned of all buildup, your gum tissues will have the ability to re-attach to the tooth. This can only take place if home hygiene is extremely thorough; otherwise the infection will simply continue. Daily flossing (or water flossing) under the gumlines will lift the bacteria before it has a chance to calcify into place.
After your deep cleaning, we will keep you on a routine preventive schedule that helps you keep your teeth clean and monitors your response to the therapy. With great care, you can keep your teeth for years!
Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
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