Why Would I Need a Deep Cleaning?
What is Dental Deep Cleaning?
A dental deep cleaning, sometimes referred to as gum therapy, is a treatment that cleans between the gums and the teeth, down to the roots. This type of cleaning involves the removal of bacteria, tartar, and other harmful debris in the teeth and gums. This process can also be referred to as root planing or periodontal scaling and may require several visits in order to complete the treatment. It is more extensive than a standard cleaning and is designed to treat gum disease and stop it from becoming worse.
What is the Difference Between a Deep Cleaning and a Regular Cleaning?
- A regular cleaning focuses on the surfaces of the teeth and between the teeth above the gumline. Your mouth is full of bacteria and plaque, which is why a twice daily habit of brushing and daily flossing is recommended. A regular cleaning helps to remove the plaque that builds up on your teeth every day. Most of the plaque is found near the gumline, where many of us miss when brushing. Plaque hardens to tarter, and that is what dental hygienists remove in a regular cleaning. During a regular cleaning, the teeth are also polished.
- A deep cleaning, on the other hand, removes bacterial buildup from diseased gum tissue. It is a procedure that involves the removal of bacterial deposits from under the gumline. A deep cleaning also usually involves the use of an anesthetic to keep you comfortable while the dental hygienist or dentist cleans underneath the gums. Your mouth will be numb to prevent any discomfort.
How Do I Know If I Need a Deep Cleaning?
While cleaning your teeth at home, you might notice that your gums are swollen and red, or maybe you are noticing bleeding while brushing or flossing. Other signs that you may be in need of a deep cleaning are sores in your mouth, persistent bad breath, or loose and separating teeth. Only a dentist or dental hygienist can suggest that you need a deep cleaning, but these are all warning signs that should result in a visit to our office.
Our patients’ dental health is our top priority. If you think you may be in need of a deep cleaning, please call our Lewisville, TX office to schedule an appointment so we can see you right away and help you avoid further damage to your teeth and gum line.