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WHAT IS DENTAL DEEP CLEANING?
Dental deep cleaning, also referred to as scaling and root planing, is a procedure done to remove the plaque and tartar found on the surface of your teeth, and also cleans the pockets between your teeth and gums. This procedure is mainly done for people who haven’t had a regular cleaning for six months or more, those with signs of gingivitis, signs of gum diseases, or when there is a heavy buildup on the teeth. Though deep cleanings are often mistaken as similar to regular cleanings, they are two distinct things.
WHY WOULD YOU NEED DENTAL DEEP CLEANING ?
At our dentistry, deep cleaning involves your dentist going below the gumline and heading towards the root of the tooth. We clean plaque around the root of the tooth in a treatment called scaling.
If you don’t visit your dentist regularly or haven’t gotten your teeth cleaned for more than six months, you’re probably going to need a dental deep cleaning. There could already be plaque and tartar build ups that would require deep cleaning teeth.
During your visit, your hygienist will use a tool that measures the depths of any pockets you have between your teeth and gums. A healthy gums will have no more than 3 millimeters between the gums and teeth. If it is more than 5 millimeters, then a pocket has formed and could be signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease.
When teeth aren’t taken care of, there is a possibility of getting gingivitis and gum diseases, where bacteria can stay deep in the pockets around our teeth. The bacteria can infect healthy gum tissues, that would pull away the tooth further. This could result in bone loss and tooth loss if any gum disease is left untreated. And if you don’t know, the leading cause of tooth loss is gum diseases.
If you have been told that you need a “deep cleaning”, it probably means that you have a gum infection around your teeth stemming from the roots. Periodontal disease is considered a “treatable” disease, but not typically a “curable” disease. If treated early, you can avoid a potential need for surgery or even dentures. Some people are more prone to gum disease than others. There are many health conditions and oral habits along with home teeth care habits that contribute to whether you have periodontal disease or not.
WHAT CAN CAUSE PERIODONTAL DISEASE?
At Sage Dental in Wall, NJ, Dr. Avi Israeli wants to be the dentist to save your teeth. He understands that your health is your wealth. Without healthy teeth and surrounding gums, you may begin to lose your teeth. This can contribute to poor dietary and nutritional conditions where you can’t chew your food properly or get the proper nutrients. In turn, this can lead to several other overall health conditions.
As mentioned above, some things you have control over and some things you don’t. Smoking, drinking alcohol, mouth breathing, not brushing after meals or before going to bed, not flossing, and eating lots of sticky candy and carbs can definitely contribute to poor oral hygiene and may even need some cosmetic adjustments. Age, genetics and some health conditions you may have little or no control over.
Professional intervention at our dentistry can help considerably in the effort to get your oral health under control. Patients who need the deep cleanings are typically on a more frequent cleaning schedule and may require supplemental aids at home, Things like a Rotadent®, or a WaterPik® or a Sonicare® electric toothbrush may assist with home cleaning in tougher to reach areas of your smile.
HOW CAN I PREVENT PERIODONTAL DISEASE OUTSIDE OF THE DENTISTRY?
It all starts with coming in for regular check-ups and maintenance visits. When your dentist and hygienist team up to provide you with a professional cleaning, the other 361-363 days of the year that you AREN’T in our dentistry are as important. Consolidating your intake of sugars and then rinsing with water after meals to swish the food off your teeth can be a place to start! Depending upon your particular situation will determine the type of toothpaste we might suggest. If you get frequent cavities, we might suggest a baking soda toothpaste to help neutralize the acids. In addition, if you build up plaque and tartar on your teeth quickly, we might suggest using a toothpaste specific for that.
Mouth rinses and mouthwashes have their place in home care for a cleaner smile, but nothing takes the place of regular brushing and flossing to remove food stuck under bridges, around orthodontic brackets, or crowded teeth, In addition, flossing has been shown to potentially increase your life-span by as much as ten years! This can lower your risk for heart disease, preventing bacteria from entering your bloodstream. The same bacteria found in plaque around your teeth is the same bacteria often found in patients who have heart problems and high-blood pressure!
Keeping regular care and taking your healthy mouth maintenance visits is the best way to minimize your need for more extreme treatment. Let our hygienist show you the best home care protocol for your particular situation.
What is it like to have a dental deep cleaning?
Dental deep cleanings are usually performed by a professional hygienist which can be done in one to two visits depending on your condition. A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area in your mouth where the procedure will be done.
The very first step would be known as scaling, where the plaque and tartar above and below the gumline, down to the pockets between your teeth and gums are removed. Scaling is done by using an ultrasonic cleaning instrument or a set of manual scaling tools.
The second step of the deep cleaning procedure would be root planing. This is where your hygienist will plane or smooth out the rough surfaces on the roots of your teeth. This will help your gums reattach to your teeth.
After the procedure, your dentist may recommend a special oral healthcare routine to help with the healing process. It is important that you keep your teeth and gums healthy by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash regularly for plaque and tartar not to build up again.
DOES DEEP CLEANING TEETH HURT?
Deep cleaning teeth can be uncomfortable, but you don’t have to worry because a local anesthetic will be used to numb any pain or discomfort during the procedure to make you feel at ease. Because it requires cleaning your teeth below the gum line, it becomes uncomfortable for others.
HOW FREQUENTLY SHOULD YOU GET DEEP CLEANING TEETH DONE?
If you haven’t had a regular cleaning for a long time, then you should definitely get dental deep cleaning done. You can visit your dentist every six months or once a year for your deep cleaning, but this will also depend on your dentist’s recommendation. If you’re visiting your dentist regularly, then getting a deep cleaning once a year is more than enough.
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Don’t let teeth problems control your life! Find out why our patients in Spring Lakes Heights, Sea Girt, Manasquan, Belmar, Neptune City, Bradley Beach, Brick Township and Wall Township areas trust their oral health and facial esthetics to Dr Avi Israeli at Sage Dental & Spa. His dedication to helping his patients receive the dentistry that they need is evident in the number of patients that endorse him for this service! As we are rapidly growing, we are currently accepting NEW PATIENTS and accept most brands of insurance!
We do more than just general dentistry, as we also offer a wide array of cosmetic procedures.
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