Deep Cleaning: What It Means

If a dentist tells you that you need a deep cleaning, there’s a good chance that you’re either at risk for gum disease or you’re already suffering from its effects. However, what many people assume to be a simple and thorough cleaning is actually a more complicated dental procedure.

What Is a “Deep Cleaning?”

A “deep cleaning” is an informal term for a teeth scaling and root planing procedure. Your dentist isn’t just brushing your teeth for you. In a deep cleaning procedure, the doctor will first meticulously scrape the plaque and tartar off the surfaces of your teeth. If any pockets have formed in the gaps between your teeth, they will be cleaned out as well. Once that’s complete, your dentist will then make the surfaces of your teeth smooth again so that:

  1. Plaque and tartar will have a harder time clinging to teeth.
  2. Your gums will have a chance to reattach to your teeth (this can reverse receding gums).

In some cases, medication may also be applied to the gums to fight off bacteria and aid in the healing process.

A Deep Cleaning but Not a Rough Cleaning

While a deep cleaning may sound uncomfortable, your dentist will take care to make sure the procedure is as comfortable as possible. If needed, a numbing agent can be used to make sure that you’re not in any discomfort while your dentist is cleaning your teeth and gums.

Is a Deep Cleaning Really That Necessary?

Yes. Not only can gum disease cause serious damage to your teeth and gums (leading to tooth decay and loss), it’s sometimes linked to life-threatening conditions like heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and more.

Plus, a deep cleaning can remove bacteria and tartar that are known to cause discoloration, stains, and swollen or bleeding gums. So, the procedure can also make your smile look brighter and healthier too!

Contact A-Z Dental Care for a Deep Cleaning!

If you’re a West Covina patient looking for a deep cleaning, A-Z Dental Care is here to help! Call our office at the number on your screen for more information.