What Should I Expect at a Deep Teeth Cleaning?
Before the procedure begins, your dentist will examine your teeth and review an X-ray that will let them know exactly what’s going on inside your mouth and give them a better idea of what areas require the most focus. They’ll also use a special probe that can measure the depths of your gum pockets and determine if you have gingivitis or periodontitis.
After the preliminary examination, a local anesthetic will be applied to your gums to make sure you won’t feel any pain during the scaling process. Your mouth will be cleaned one “quadrant” (bottom left, top right etc.) at a time. Depending on how extensive your treatment needs are, we might only clean one or two quadrants during a given appointment and ask you to come in again to treat the other areas.
Does Deep Teeth Cleaning Hurt?
Even if you have particularly sensitive teeth and/or a more severe case of gum disease, there’s no need to panic. At Dentist of Long Beach, we administer a local anesthetic that numbs the area around your gums. While some mild soreness might linger after the anesthetic wears off, this is completely normal. If you’re still experiencing pain after your deep teeth cleaning, don’t hesitate to call our office.