When Is a Deep Dental Cleaning Necessary?

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While a deep dental clean may sound like something that’s needed after an extra sugary treat, for example, it’s actually a treatment that’s targeted toward people with some more serious dental issues. To learn why and when you might end up needing a dental deep cleaning, keep reading!

Do I Need a Dental Deep Cleaning?

A dental deep cleaning is a treatment that is targeted at people suffering from gum disease. When you have a build-up of plaque and tartar around the gum line, the gums will begin to separate from the teeth, creating pockets between the teeth and gums. These pockets are prone to bacteria, and as that bacteria build-up, you’ll be subject to gum decay and bone loss.

What’s the Deep Cleaning Process Look Like?

Wondering what to expect from the deep cleaning process? The procedure will start with what is called scaling. During the scaling process, we will remove that plaque and tartar that has built up underneath the gums. Next up is what is called planing. During the planing process we smooth out the tooth and tooth root so that the gums can reattach to the tooth. All in all, the process may end up taking more than one visit to complete, depending on the severity of the damage. In the wake of your procedure, you will experience some sensitivity in the gums, and we’ll send you home with instructions for best caring for your gums as they heal in the coming weeks.

Family Dentist in Gastonia, North Carolina

Here at Gastonia Family Dentistry, we are here to treat everyone in your family, no matter their dental needs. We offer a range of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic procedures that you can learn more about on our website. While you’re there, go ahead and request your next visit. Or give our office a call!


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