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Is dental deep cleaning necessary?

We sometimes hear the question “is dental deep cleaning necessary?” The answer is, it depends. The decision regarding if you are a candidate for scaling and root planing should come directly from a trusted dentist who knows your dental history. Dental x-rays and pocket depth readings can help determine if a deep cleaning is right for you. It is a more extensive dental cleaning that typically is best suited for patients who have chronic gum disease. You may be wondering what’s the big deal about gum disease? 

If left untreated, gum disease can lead to: 

1. Bone and tissue loss 2. Tooth loss 3. Loose teeth 4. Moving teeth 5. Swelling and/or infection

Chronic periodontal disease is more common than one may think and affects over 47 percent of adults over the age of 30 in the U.S. It’s certainly nothing to be embarrassed about and something that a scaling and root planing treatment can help keep at bay. 

What should I ask my dentist before having a dental deep cleaning? 

Here are some questions we recommend asking your dentist before moving forward with a deep cleaning:

1. Will you provide a local anesthetic?

2. How long will this process take?

3. When will I need to have another deep dental cleaning in the future? 

4. What are the risks for a scaling and root planing dental treatment?

5. What are the benefits to having a deep dental cleaning? 

6. How long will it take my mouth to heal after the deep cleaning? 

7. What changes should I make to my current oral hygiene routine to help prevent further periodontal issues?

8. What should I expect with dental deep cleaning?

A deep dental cleaning will have two parts:

Part one.- Scaling followed by planing. During the scaling portion of the deep dental cleaning, the dentist will remove both plaque and tartar both on top and below your gums.

Part two.- Part of the deep cleaning is scaling. This is when the dentist will have the roots of your teeth reattached to your gums by smoothing out the roots. In short a deep dental cleaning gets into all the nooks and crannies a normal dental cleaning won’t. 

What are some after care tips post-deep dental cleaning? 

It is common to have sore, swollen and tender gums and sensitivity after a deep dental cleaning that may bleed a bit. To help heal and prevent infection, your dentist may provide a prescription. For 48-72 hours post deep cleaning, a soft diet is recommended along with avoiding hot or spicy foods, alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. You want to give your teeth and gums ample time to heal. 

by South Gables Dental

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