A deep cleaning refers to scaling and root planning treatments, which are often the treatment of choice for anyone suffering from gum (periodontal) disease. However, deep cleanings aren’t solely reserved to treat gum disease. They can also benefit you if you simply have a moderate amount of calculus (tartar) existing below your gum line.
Deep cleanings typically are completed in one or two visits to our dental office. During these cleanings, your dentist or dental hygienist will utilize an ultrasonic scaler and/or hand instruments to complete the scaling and root planing treatments. Typically, you may also receive a local anesthetic during your cleaning in order to ensure optimal comfort both during and after the procedure. To further reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth, antibacterial agents or Chlorhexidine rinses can also be used.
Following your deep cleaning, it’s standard to stay on 3 or 4-month recall intervals as part of a maintenance program. This means more frequent dental cleanings and possibly more scaling or root planing depending on your specific needs. However, no matter what, it’s essential that you practice a proper at home daily dental routine in order to help maintain the health of your teeth and their surrounding structures.
Don’t wait any longer to learn more about deep cleanings or to schedule a consultation. Contact our experienced dental team at Family Dentistry of Boynton Beach today!