In some cases, a regular cleaning simply cannot remove enough of the bacteria that has settled on the the surface of your teeth and in the pockets of your mouth. In these instances, deep cleanings are typically recommended by your dentist, so that you can avoid gum disease or gingivitis, as well as tooth decay and loss. A deep cleaning is often the most effective defense against gum disease, which can wreak havoc on the bone structure that supports your teeth and inflammation of the gums themselves, both of which can be quite painful.
What can I expect during deep cleanings?
Typically, the dentist will examine your mouth and find any dental issues. After this, they will prepare your mouth for the deep cleaning, which involves numbing in cases where there will be extensive planing or scaling involved. Each appointment with your dentist will usually only deal with one particular quadrant of your mouth. For instance, the first appointment might cover the top right quadrant, while the next appointment would involve the deep cleaning of the lower left quadrant of your mouth. This will all depend upon how much dental work you actually need, and your dentist will inform you of your specific treatment plan in advance. Deep cleaning commonly includes scaling (to remove the build up of bacteria) and planing (to smooth roots).
What is the difference between Regular cleanings vs. Deep cleanings?
A regular cleaning is typically recommended for patients who do not have exposed tooth roots or in cases where the structure of the tooth has not been compromised. Though cleaning does take place during a deep cleaning, of course, the process will also involve the planing of the root, in order to make it smooth, as well as the removal of any remnants of the tooth which may or may not already be infected. Thus, you will still have the tartar and plaque build up removed from the surface of your teeth during a deep cleaning, but will also have any rough tooth or root edges planed away as well.
What should I do after a deep cleaning?
After you deep cleaning you should avoid vigorous brushing and flossing for as long as your dentist recommends, in order to allow for your gums and teeth to recover from the process. You may experience some discomfort after the cleaning, and should ask your doctor for suggestions on how to best alleviate any soreness that you may have. You might also notice that your gums bleed and that your teeth are more sensitive to hot or cold foods or foods that are high in sugar.
If you are in need of a deep cleaning to eliminate the build up and bacteria that cannot be eliminated by a regular cleaning alone, please call (310) 549-2400 or email us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Vaishali Patel DDS. She and her caring staff strive to make each deep cleaning as comfortable as possible, so that you can be on your way to happier, healthy smile.