October 17, 2016
If you have been to your Lincoln dentist recently, you may have been surprised to hear that your dentist has recommended you undergo a deep cleaning. A deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is a special procedure used to thoroughly clean the teeth. In certain circumstances, such as if you have not been to the dentist regularly, you may need to have this procedure performed. We provide deep cleanings to our patients when a regular dental cleaning just is not enough.
Why is a Deep Cleaning Needed?
A deep cleaning is much more than a typical dental cleaning. Often a deep cleaning is recommended for those who have not had a professional cleaning performed regularly. In addition, the procedure is also used for patients who have gum disease or are at risk for gum disease.
At your dental appointment, the dental hygienist will use a special instrument, known as a probe, to measure the areas around your teeth. If the hygienist discovers that pockets have formed between the tooth and gum, you may need a deep cleaning. Bacteria can become trapped in these pockets, leading to gum disease. Depending on the depth of the pockets, you may need to undergo a deep cleaning. Often, those who have pockets of 5 millimeters or more will need to have the procedure performed.
How is a Deep Cleaning Performed?
A deep cleaning if commonly referred to as scaling and root planing. The scaling part of the procedure involves the removal or plaque and tarter from the surface of the teeth. In addition, plaque and tarter will be removed from the pockets that have formed between the teeth and gums. There are a couple of different ways this can be done. A dental hygienist may use an ultrasonic instrument or a manual scaling tool.
The second portion of the procedure will involve root planing. This involves the use of a scaling tool to remove plaque and tarter from the roots of the teeth. You can expect the procedure to require a couple of different appointments. In addition, a follow up appointment is needed to ensure the depth of the pockets has not increased.
What Can I Expect After the Procedure?
In most cases, after undergoing a deep cleaning, your teeth and gums will be left healthier. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene to maintain the results and to prevent further complications of gum disease. A special toothpaste may be recommended, as well as a mouth rinse.
Your Dentist for a Deep Cleaning
It is not uncommon for a deep cleaning to be recommended. If you have had gum disease develop, you may have to have the procedure repeated. In addition, you will need to visit the dentist more often for a few months to ensure the infection is subsiding.
At Vacek Family Dentistry, we offer periodontal treatment with a deep cleaning in Lincoln. If you need a deep cleaning, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. We will work to restore the health of your smile.
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