Occasionally, a regular cleaning isn’t enough to remove the buildup of plaque and tartar that can accumulate on your teeth and gums. In these cases, your dentist will recommend a deep cleaning in order to be sure that you avoid issues such as tooth decay, gingivitis, and especially gum disease that can cause major damage to your gums and the bone structure underneath.
A deep cleaning will entail the same removal of tartar and plaque buildup that occurs during your regular cleaning. In addition to this, if a tooth has been compromised, any remnants of the tooth may be removed or smoothed, and any exposed root edges will be planed away as well. This can help to treat or prevent any infection that may occur.
Before your deep cleaning, your dentist will perform a thorough examination to identify any dental issues. Once this is done, he may numb your mouth in order to prepare for the deep cleaning, particularly if there is going to be a lot of scaling and planing involved. A deep cleaning may be spread over several appointments, during which the dentist will focus on one quadrant of your mouth at a time, depending on how much dental work is needed. During the cleaning your dentist will perform scaling of the teeth and gums to remove any build up of bacteria and planing to smooth tooth roots.
After a deep cleaning you may experience some slight discomfort. Your dentist can give you suggestions for how to alleviate any soreness, and you will need to avoid any vigorous flossing and brushing in order to allow your teeth and gums to recover. For a short time afterward your gums and teeth may also be more sensitive to hot or cold foods as well, and your dentist may recommend a special toothpaste to alleviate this issue.
Call your Dallas dentist at Buckner Family Dental today at 214-328-3595 in order to schedule your consultation for a deep cleaning. Our caring and professional staff is committed to making each procedure as comfortable as possible for each of our patients so you can maintain your healthy teeth and mouth.