Deep cleaning, also known as root planing and scaling, is a treatment for gum disease. At Frank N. Johnson, D.D.S., P.A, our dentist may recommend a deep cleaning if you have mild to moderate gum disease. Plague can build up and harden along and below the gum line if you don't practice good oral hygiene. Plaque buildup irritates the gum tissue, which leads to infection. As gum disease worsens, the gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets. Bacteria and plaque can get into these pockets and continue to damage the tissue. Deep cleaning removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. It can help reduce gum inflammation and stop the progression of gum disease.
Gum Disease Signs and Symptoms
Gum disease symptoms include:
- Red, swollen, and tender gums
- Gums that are receded or pulling away from your teeth
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Loose teeth
- Teeth that have changed position or feel loose
- Teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold
The Procedure for Deep Cleaning
A deep teeth cleaning procedure involves the removal of plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. Your dentist will first examine your teeth to determine the extent of the buildup and whether they will need to use a local anesthetic. During the exam, your dentist may discover that you have early signs of gum disease. Then, they will use specialized dental tools to scrape the plaque and tartar from your teeth.
The Advantages of a Deep Cleaning
Deep cleaning effectively treats gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) and prevents its progression. Deep cleaning treatment, also known as scaling and root planing, is a non-surgical procedure that removes plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line. Gum disease happens when bacteria form plaque on the teeth and cause inflammation. The bacteria affect the gums and can even lead to tooth loss. When gum disease is left untreated, the gums can start to recede, leading to loose teeth. Dentists can then recommend a deep cleaning treatment to help reduce swelling, inflammation, and plaque buildup. The dentist may also recommend deep cleaning before periodontal surgery, such as pocket reduction surgery, bone grafts, or dental implant treatment.
Deep cleaning is a necessary dental treatment that removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. To learn more about the advantages of deep cleaning, get in touch with Frank N. Johnson, D.D.S., P.A. at 1244 SW Oakley Ave, Topeka, KS 66604, or call (785) 357-7706.