What is Deep Teeth Cleaning?
A deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is a more intensive version of a regular cleaning that focuses on manually removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. A normal cleaning stops at the gum line; a deep cleaning goes under the gums.
Deep cleaning appointments typically take longer than a regular teeth cleaning. The hygienist will numb your teeth before starting to avoid causing discomfort. Your teeth may be sore for a few days after the procedure. You may only need one visit to complete the procedure or several, depending on the extent of the buildup.
This may be the only periodontal treatment needed for mild cases. If the disease is more severe, it may be used as an initial treatment before more serious work. Dr. Omid will recommend the best treatment for you during your consultation.
Can Periodontal Disease Cause Tooth Loss?
Most teeth can be saved with proper treatment. In some cases of severe periodontal disease, it may be better to remove some of the affected teeth. We will discuss all your options with you after your exam.