A regular dental cleaning consists of scaling and polishing to remove plaque and calculus from the visible surfaces of teeth to maintain optimal tooth and gum health. However, for some patients, a regular cleaning (also known as prophylaxis) is not enough to remove all of the plaque and calculus. In this case, Dr. Shah may recommend a deep cleaning.
What is a Deep Cleaning?
A deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is a dental procedure for removing tartar and calculus on the roots of teeth. Dr. Shah recommends this treatment for people who show signs of or have been diagnosed with gum disease. Unlike a regular cleaning, a deep cleaning may require multiple appointments, is done in quadrants of the mouth, and involves the use of an anesthetic to keep our patients as comfortable as possible during the procedure. With good brushing and flossing after the deep cleaning and subsequent regular dental cleanings, you may not have to get a deep cleaning too often.
If left untreated, gum disease can cause irreversible damage to your gums and the bones that hold your teeth in place. It may even cause tooth loss and link to other overall health problems. A deep cleaning is the best treatment to ensure you have a healthy lifelong smile!