A deep cleaning is performed by a dentist or dental hygienist to remove the built-up plaque and tartar from your tooth and gum structure. Your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning to treat or prevent gum disease.
What to expect
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
You may experience light sensitivity for a few days. You may be prescribed a mouth rinse to help your gums heal properly. In the following weeks you should notice your gums getting healthier as long as you maintain a daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing.