What is dental deep cleaning?

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A dental deep cleaning goes beyond your regular yearly cleaning to get under the gums and below the...

A dental deep cleaning goes beyond your regular yearly cleaning to get under the gums and below the root. Many dentists recommend this to some patients, especially those that have some root decay. It is also called root scaling but is more frequently known as a deep clean.

The process of a dental deep cleaning removes the deposits on the tooth surface, both hard and soft, as well as the gums. Scaling is done on all the surfaces that are visible, or above the surface, while root planing is done to the surfaces that are not visible. Roots are smoothed, cleaned and--if needed--antibiotic-washed. Deep cleaning rids your mouth of stains, germs and also plaque that has built up. A dental deep cleaning leaves your mouth not only cleaner, but healthier.

Your dentist will numb your mouth for this procedure, which may be done completely by the dentist or with the aid of machines. After the cleaning is completed, there may be some sensitivity to your teeth or a mild ache. Special toothpastes can be used to help any new sensitivity while an over-the-counter pain medication can help the aching. Time will correct both of these side effects of the procedure.

Find an Atlanta area dentist to ask questions about a dental deep cleaning or to schedule a visit for yourself. A dental deep cleaning may be something that is needed on a frequent basis, depending on your own dental history. Discuss with your local dentist how often you need dental cleanings.


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