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
Every person who has had their teeth cleaned knows what it’s like to have an area or two where the hygienist’s small scaler is used to remove calcified tartar on the surface of the teeth. While safe and gentle, the scaling process may not always be comfortable or sound pleasant. Over the last several years hygienists and dentists have also implemented advanced ultrasonic scaling devices for cleaning their patients teeth.
Ultrasonic scalers are unique because they are gentle and extremely effective in the removal of tartar, plaque and toxic biofilm from areas of gingivitis or gum disease. The handpiece uses magnetic strips, which bounce off of each other to creating a vibrating motion in the end of the smooth slip tip. This rounded tip is placed adjacent to the tooth and causes a vibration to disrupt buildup and remove it from the tooth. Water also flows through the tip to keep it cool and flush out plaque biofilm that has loosened.
Ultrasonic dental cleaning is primarily used in deep cleanings and periodontal treatments, but it is so effective that it is now used on most adult patients, even those with healthy mouths. Its efficiency removes more buildup than traditional hand scalers and the entire process takes much less time. As a result your teeth may feel cleaner as well, because of all the microscopic areas that may not be seen are still removed.
Unlike traditional scalers that have sharp edges, ultrasonic tips are completely smooth to the touch. This helps prevent additional tissue irritation or accidental trauma during your cleaning procedure. As with all cleanings, if you have areas of sensitivity is sure to let your hygienist know, so that he or she can adjust the vibrations of the device and make you more comfortable during your visit.
Posted on the behalf of Cosmetic Dentistry Center
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