Deep Cleaning Restoration

If you have not had a recent dental cleaning, you may have developed deep “pockets,” areas around the teeth in which bacteria can lodge, causing serious damage. A deep cleaning addresses this problem, removing plaque and tartar that may be fused onto the tooth surface or below the gum line. In these cases, the teeth and gums cannot be restored to health without a comprehensive cleaning process.

What is a deep cleaning?

A deep cleaning will be customized to match your individual condition, but generally includes:

  • Scaling: The plaque and tartar is removed from the surface of the teeth, and from the pockets that have developed due to gum recession.
  • Root planing: A specialized dental instrument is used to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth roots, so the gums can be restored to health to attach to the tooth surface once again.

Why do you need a deep cleaning?

If you notice your gums bleed when you brush or floss, or are red and swollen, it is critical that you undergo a full exam. Infected gums and teeth can develop into more serious problems, including tooth loss, or a painful and unhealthy abscess. You may need a course of antibiotics before your deep cleaning, depending on the extent of the condition you are experiencing. You may not realize that gum disease has been linked to the development of very serious health problems, including heart disease. Once your deep cleaning is completed, you will need several weeks for the gums to heal and adhere to the teeth to form a tight seal.

Why choose Complete Dentistry for a deep cleaning?

If you are hesitant about undergoing a deep cleaning, we understand. You may not realize that this process is far more comfortable with our advanced techniques. We are equipped with both the traditional tools for gum disease therapy, and an advanced, soft tissue laser that makes the process much more effective and comfortable. The treatment involves directing a concentrated beam of light at the diseased gum tissue to remove harmful bacteria with extreme precision. The laser even cauterizes the tissue almost immediately, so it minimizes bleeding and discomfort after your procedure, leading to a smoother and quicker recovery. We believe our patients deserve to have the most positive, fast, and painless experience possible!

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What to expect when undergoing a deep cleaning

If you are scheduled for a deep cleaning, you may feel apprehensive, concerned that you will experience pain or discomfort. At Complete Dentistry, we have pain mitigation down to a fine art, and will do everything possible to ensure the experience is comfortable for you. Local anesthetic will be administered, both in a gel and then injections to numb the area. You can expect a treatment that lasts about 45 minutes and to be administered over two appointments. Only one side of your mouth is deep cleaned at a time. 

What is the recovery time?

After your deep cleaning, you can expect a few days to recover. You may experience minor bleeding or swelling, and your teeth may feel extra sensitive. Any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter medication and will resolve reasonably quickly. You will be provided with aftercare instructions and may be advised to use a special mouth rinse to help your mouth recover more swiftly. Ensure you follow all instructions from our dentist, so you achieve the best results possible, with your teeth and gums restored and an improved level of health.

FAQDeep Cleaning

How often should I have a deep cleaning?

Is anesthetic needed for a deep cleaning?

Are deep cleanings dangerous?

How often should I have a deep cleaning?

If you suffer from gum disease, receding gums, or have deep dental pockets, you should undergo a deep cleaning every six months.

Is anesthetic needed for a deep cleaning?

Every person is different, and if you are sensitive, anesthetic gel or injections can be administered to make the process comfortable.

Are deep cleanings dangerous?

No. Gum disease is dangerous, as without treatment, can lead to tooth loss or infections, or social problems such as bad breath. The problems with your gums and teeth are the issue, not the cleaning. The cleaning is performed to restore a better state of health for both teeth and gums.

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