Why Do I Need a Deep Dental Cleaning?
Sometimes we avoid going to the dentist as often as we should. You can make all kinds of excuses ( lack of time, fear of the dentist, unable to get time off from work ) but when all is said and done, lack of maintenance of your teeth can be a costly mistake not only for your health but your pocket as well. The consequence for avoiding those much needed dental visits and cleanings can leave you dealing with gum disease and cavities which could have been prevented.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Over time, plaque builds up on your teeth. The bacteria in plaque causes gums to become inflamed and easy to bleed if not removed. As the plaque and bacteria on your teeth increases, pockets begin to form in areas where the gum has began to pull away from the tooth. These pockets leave more room for plaque and bacteria to build increasing the damage to the gums and depth of the pocket. As the damage to the gums increases, the onset of gum disease begins.
How to Correct Gum Disease Once It Has Began
To correct the problem and return your gums to a healthy state, a deep cleaning is needed. To determined if a deep cleaning is needed, your dentist or hygienist will probe your teeth and determine if you have periodontal pockets 4 millimeters or greater in your gums. Only the areas with periodontal pockets 4 millimeters or greater will need a deep cleaning (scaling or root planing) to return your gums to a healthy state.
What is a Deep Cleaning ( Root Planning or Scaling)?
A deep cleaning is when your hygienist needs to remove bacteria, tartar and plaque from below your gum line. A regular cleaning requires removing plaque and tartar from above the gum line. Since the deep cleaning (Root Planning or Scaling) is more invasive, this procedure is performed using a local anesthetic for numbing. While having this procedure done, Glasscock Dental highly recommends using Arestin along with your deep cleaning treatment. Arestin is an antibiotic to treat the bacteria under your gums. The antibiotic will last under your gums for approximately 90 days which will help your gums heal better than without it.
Recovery From Your Deep Cleaning
As with any more invasive treatments, it isn’t unusual to experience some tenderness or discomfort. Discomfort typically won’t last more than 24 hours and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers.