Prior to having your teeth cleaned, your hygienist will perform a periodontal exam which will determine if you have healthy gums or if there is gum disease present. Some warning signs of gum disease are gums that bleed when you brush or floss, red, swollen or tender gums, gums that have pulled away from your teeth, bad breath that doesn’t go away, puss between the teeth and gums, loose or separating teeth and/or a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
In cases where the gums are healthy we will perform a routine cleaning. When there is gum disease present a deep cleaning is typically recommended by your dentist in order to avoid the progression of further infection as well as tooth decay and loss. A deep cleaning is often the most effective way to treat gum disease, which can wreak havoc on the bone structure that supports your teeth and inflammation of the gums themselves, both of which can be quite painful.
What can I expect during deep cleanings?
Typically, the dentist will examine your mouth and find any dental issues. The hygienist will prepare your mouth for the deep cleaning, which may involve using a topical anesthetic in cases where there will be extensive root planing or scaling. The number of visits to complete the process may vary depending on the level of treatment actually needed. Your hygienist will inform you of your specific treatment plan in advance. Deep cleaning commonly includes scaling (to remove the build up of plaque and calculus) and root planing (to smooth roots).
What is the difference between Regular cleanings vs. Deep cleanings?
A regular cleaning is typically recommended for patients who have healthy gums and very little tarter build up. A deep cleaning is recommended to patients who have a varying degree of infection present in the gums and connecting bone. Though cleaning does take place during a deep cleaning, of course, the process will also involve the planing of the root, in order to make it smooth and the removal of plaque and tarter that has accumulated under the gum line. Thus, you will still have the tartar and plaque build up removed from the surface of your teeth during a deep cleaning, but will also have any rough tooth or root edges planed away as well.
What should I do after a deep cleaning?
After your deep cleaning you should continue to brush and floss. Good oral hygiene is imperative in order to heal properly. You may experience some discomfort after the cleaning, and should ask your hygienist for suggestions on how to best alleviate any soreness that you may have. You might also notice that your gums bleed and that your teeth are more sensitive to hot or cold foods or foods that are high in sugar, these symptoms are normally temporary. Your hygienist may recommend a prescription antibacterial rinse or gel.
If you are in need of a deep cleaning to eliminate the build up and bacteria that cannot be eliminated by a regular cleaning alone, please call (817) 275-4355 or email us today to schedule your appointment with one of Pecan Park Dental’s hygienist. Pecan Park Dental and their caring staff strive to make each deep cleaning as comfortable as possible, so that you can be on your way to a happier, healthy smile.