Patients with gum disease may be in need of a deep cleaning. A dental hygienist usually performs this removal of built-up plaque and tartar from your tooth and gum structure. Deep cleaning can prevent gum disease and periodontal disease.
What to expect
Your dentist may prescribe deep cleaning to remove bacteria and tartar.
A deep cleaning is comprised of two parts: scaling and root planing.
- Scaling: the process of removing plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth and from the pocket areas between the teeth and gums.
- Root planing: involves removing plaque and tartar from the surface of the roots of your teeth with a scaling instrument.
A deep cleaning often requires a minimum of two visits and a potential follow-up to ensure your gums and teeth are becoming healthier and there is no additional pocket depth.
After the procedure
During your appointments, the bacteria in the pockets of the teeth will be removed. In the following weeks the gums should become healthier as long as you maintain a daily oral hygiene routine.