Fairport, Pittsford, and Rochester, NY
Ever heard of a dental deep cleaning? The sound of it alone probably makes your skin crawl but in reality, it is not that bad.
A deep cleaning is not much different from a regular dental cleaning, except the hygienist cleans somewhat below the surface of the gum to clean periodontal pockets where bacteria hide. For patients with early stages of periodontal disease, tartar builds up under the gums. The only way to remove this buildup is by a deep cleaning.
How do I know if I need a dental deep cleaning?
The hygienist will determine if you need a deep cleaning. Normal “healthy” gums should have pockets no deeper than 3mm. If the pockets around your gums are deeper, you may need this scaling and root planning procedure.
What should I expect for a dental deep cleaning?
For a deep cleaning, the hygienist will thoroughly remove all tartar and plaque buildup from around your teeth and gums, and from the periodontal pockets surrounding your teeth. The hygienist will use either an ultrasonic scaler or a regular tooth scaler to clean your teeth. The process will take two visits; the first one is for the deep cleaning, and the second visit is for an evaluation of your teeth and gums to make sure they are healing properly.
How should I care for my teeth after a dental deep cleaning?
Caring for your mouth after a deep cleaning should be a healthy regimen of brushing twice daily and flossing every night. A deep cleaning is recommended for patients who have periodontal disease, the number one cause of tooth loss among adults in the U.S. Be sure you continue to undergo routine dental exams and deep cleanings, as recommended by your dentist, to stop the disease from progressing, and ensure your oral health remains optimal.
If you want to learn more, call our Pittsford, NY, office today at (585) 248-2575 to schedule a consultation.
Pittsford Dental Excellence Center proudly provides total oral health care to patients in the areas of Fairport, Pittsford, and Rochester, NY.