Deep Teeth Cleaning Long Beach CA

Deep Teeth Cleaning

Deep Teeth Cleaning Long Beach, CA

Gum disease can be a serious pain, and even if it’s just a mild case of gingivitis, you shouldn’t wait any longer to get treated. At Dentist of Long Beach, our deep teeth cleaning treatment can help restore your smile in no time and make sure it continues to stay healthy.

What is a Deep Teeth Cleaning?

Deep cleanings are a little different from your routine cleanings. They’re meant to remove tartar from those tricky areas that even those standard teeth cleanings aren’t designed to reach: below the gumline, in the “pockets” surrounding your teeth below the gums, and sometimes even as deep as the teeth’s roots themselves.

At Dentist of Long Beach, we use a technique called periodontal scaling and root planing (also known as SRP) to remove this tough, harder-to-reach buildup. While the name might sound a little intimidating, it’s essentially just scraping off the tartar. In the case that tartar can’t be removed through manual scraping, an ultrasonic removal device might be necessary.

What’s the Difference Between Deep Teeth Cleaning and Routine Periodontal Cleaning?

Routine teeth cleanings are primarily preventative care, while deep teeth cleanings and periodontal maintenance are meant to take care of existing problems with your oral health and stop them from advancing further. For a patient with an existing case of gingivitis, we might suggest an initial deep cleaning to establish a baseline of treatment that can then be followed up by regular periodontal cleanings.

Deep Teeth Cleaning Long Beach CA
Deep Teeth Cleaning in Long Beach CA

How Do I Know If I Need a Deep Teeth Cleaning?

Deep teeth cleanings are the mouth’s first line of defense against serious cases of periodontal (gum) disease. Some symptoms of gum disease can include:

  • Gums receding/pulling away from teeth – any pocket more than three millimeters deep is a sign of gum disease and requires immediate deep cleaning
  • Swelling, puffy, and/or inflamed gums
  • Tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose teeth

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection that can cause serious damage to your gums’ soft tissue and immune system as a whole, even potentially leading to tooth and bone loss if left untreated. Most of the time, it starts with simply plaque buildup, which can harden into tartar if it remains on your teeth without being cleaned off. Tartar forms an environment that allows bacteria to grow unchecked, and these bacteria will release toxins that irritate and inflame the gums in a condition known as gingivitis.

The longer tartar stays on your teeth, the more damaging it will be. While gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease and can usually be reversed with professional treatment followed by thorough home care, an untreated case can progress into full-blown periodontitis as the spaces between your gums deepen and accumulate more bacteria.

Am I At Risk for Periodontal Disease?

While everyone’s oral health is different, some of these factors can put you at greater risk for developing periodontal disease:

  • Poor oral health (e.g., not brushing and flossing regularly)
  • Smoking and/or chewing tobacco
  • Inadequate nutrition (e.g., Vitamin C deficiency)
  • Certain drugs/medications, especially those whose side effects include causing mouth and/or gum dryness
  • Conditions that cause decreased immunity, such as HIV/AIDS and cancer treatment
Deep Teeth Cleaning Dentistry Long Beach CA
Deep Teeth Cleaning Dentistry in Long Beach CA

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.

How Much Does Deep Teeth Cleaning at Dentist of Long Beach Cost?

Because deep teeth cleanings involve more extensive treatment and the usage of a local anesthetic, they’re a little more expensive than routine teeth and periodontal cleanings. The cost can range from $150 to $250 per quadrant of the mouth that requires treatment, but dental insurance will typically cover a portion of these costs. We’re also happy to work with you to put together a treatment plan that’ll allow you to spread out these expenses over multiple visits, rather than requiring a single payment upfront!

Don’t Wait To Get Your Smile Back!

A deep teeth cleaning can stop gum disease in its tracks before it becomes serious. If you think this treatment might be the right choice for you, call our office at (562) 373-0026 to learn more or schedule an appointment.

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