You came in for a regular dental check-up, but your dentist told you that you need to undergo deep cleaning. Why would you need it, you asked. Your dentist tells you that your oral condition already shows the early signs of a gum disease and the only way to fight it is to have the deep cleaning treatment.
It’s the first time you have been told that you are a candidate for deep cleaning. You wonder what makes it different from the regular dental cleaning that you usually submit yourself to every six months. What is deep cleaning?
During a regular dental treatment, the dentist uses the scaling method to remove the tartar and plaque on the surface of your teeth both above and below the gumline. Deep cleaning, on the other hand, involves the same kind of process with an addition of the cleaning of the surface of the tooth roots. This process is called root planing.
Dentists usually recommend their patients to undergo deep cleaning when based on their assessment of one’s oral health condition regular dental cleaning routine at home won’t be enough. Even if it is just a mild case of gingivitis, dentists still recommend deep cleaning because they want to make sure that their patients are able to avoid more drastic dental treatments. If left untreated, it can develop into something worse that could compromise your teeth and your overall dental health as well.
Root planing help removes tartar and plaque from the roots to smoothen out the rough spots. Once it is done, the dentist is able to collect all the bacteria that contributes to the development of the gum disease by giving it a smooth surface where it could be reattached. Root planing might take an hour or two to finish or sometimes even several dental visits, depending on what your dentist recommends.
When do you need a deep cleaning? You need it when your dentist recommends that you do. Remember that your dental practitioner only wants the best for you to keep your oral health in great condition every time.