What is a dental deep cleaning?
Dental deep cleaning is a procedure done by a dental hygienist to treat gum disease. It is most often necessary after missing a few regular teeth cleaning appointments, but could be needed despite your best efforts at oral hygiene if you happen to be predisposed to gum disease.
Your dental hygienist will use a probe to check the depth of any pocketing between your teeth and your gums. Ideally, those pockets should be 3 millimeters deep or less. If they are more than 5 millimeters, you will need a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing.
The dental deep cleaning can be done with a variety of different manual, electric, or ultrasonic tools. Regardless of which tools are used, the goal is to remove plaque and tartar from both the surfaces of the teeth and the insides of the pockets. You may be scheduled for a follow-up appointment to ensure that the treatment was successful in reducing the pockets.
Your dentist may prescribe an antibacterial mouth rinse for you to use in the days or weeks following your dental deep cleaning. In most cases, the pockets will reduce once the bacteria and debris is removed. If the procedure is unsuccessful, however, you may be referred to a periodontist for additional treatment options.
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