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Do I Need a Deep Gum Cleaning?

Posted in Gum Disease

A “deep gum cleaning” sounds like a deep tissue massage or maybe even like having your car detailed. It might sound fancy, but it’s not exactly an optional procedure like something you might select at a spa.

The idea of having your gums deep cleaned could be a concept that makes you squirm in pain! But here again, the real thing is quite different from what you might imagine.

A balanced view of the procedure will help you to make the right decision.

Why Deep Cleanings Happen

Gum disease begins small as gingivitis. Left untreated, it can advance into something far more serious called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is when the ligaments and bone that hold your teeth start to break down.

As the gums break down, pockets form in the gums around teeth. These pockets collect bacteria and tartar, which make the disease even worse.

What to Expect at a Deep Cleaning Appointment

A deep cleaning, also known as root planing, helps remove bacteria and debris from the tooth root. A skilled dental hygienist uses specialized tools to reach as far down in the pocket as possible. The tools smooth out the root of the tooth and give your gums a chance to reattach against a clean surface.

This might sound a little rough, but you can be numbed up with local anesthesia for the whole procedure so that you don’t feel a thing!

Determining Your Need for Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal disease of varying degrees is more common than many realize. Visiting your dentist on a regular basis will give your dentist the chance to evaluate where the health of your gums stand.

Schedule your periodontal evaluation today!

Posted on behalf of:
Touchstone Dentistry
2441 FM 646 W Suite A
Dickinson, TX 77539
(832) 769-5202

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