A deep teeth cleaning is different from an ordinary teeth cleaning, in that it is capable of removing plaque and tartar which gets below the gum line. Regular teeth cleaning will be effective at removing plaque and tartar which is above the gum line. Once gum disease begins, it's very possible for gaps to develop between your teeth and gums, and even more tartar and plaque can become trapped there.
By cleaning below the gum line, all this buildup gets removed. Tooth scaling is the process which actually removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line, and if it's necessary, root-planing can also be conducted to remove plaque and tartar which form on your teeth roots. If your dentist feels it's necessary, you may have to take antibiotics for a few days after the procedure, to make sure that no infection takes place.
There are several benefits which will accrue to the patient who has deep teeth cleaning performed. First of all, it will stop the progress of any gum disease, and treat any infection which may be present, so as to promote healing. It will clean your teeth both above and below the gum line, so tartar and plaque don't have a chance to build up. It will also eliminate any bad breath which might be present as a result of gum disease. Finally, it will help to protect the roots of your teeth, so they aren't attacked by tartar, plaque, or infections.
In the aftermath of a deep teeth cleaning, your dentist may advise you to take antibiotics for several days, so as to avoid the possibility of infection. It might also be necessary to eat soft foods such as yogurt and applesauce, so as to reduce sensitivity in your mouth. It's always advisable to avoid foods and beverages which are extremely hot or cold following a deep teeth cleaning as well. If necessary, you can take over-the-counter pain medications to reduce pain and inflammation, and it may be necessary to rinse with warm salt water. Make sure to brush and floss regularly, but you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush as part of your brushing regimen.
Q: Why do some people need deep cleaning?
A: It will be necessary for people to have deep teeth cleaning when gum disease causes gums to pull away from your teeth. If gum disease gets worse, the gap between gums and teeth will keep widening, and that will increase the likelihood of tartar and plaque buildup.
Q: Does the procedure hurt?
A: The process of teeth scaling and root-planing might cause discomfort to some patients, so dentists will routinely apply a topical or some kind of local anesthetic which numbs the gums.
Q: How much does the procedure cost?
A: Most dental professionals will perform a deep teeth cleaning for between $75 and $200. The exact cost will vary based on your geographic location, and the level of experience and training your dentist has.
Q: How long does it take for gums to heal after deep cleaning?
A: It generally takes approximately five days for your gums to heal after deep teeth cleaning has been performed. Once the infection and any tartar have been removed, gums will begin to heal fairly quickly.
Q: How soon can I brush my teeth after a deep cleaning?
A: You can start brushing your teeth the same day that a deep teeth cleaning procedure has been performed, but you should remember to use a soft-bristled brush and gentle strokes.
Q: How do you stop bleeding from a deep cleaning?
A: Bleeding will generally be prolonged if you rinse out your mouth, or if you eat hot foods. If bleeding persists after the procedure, you can apply some light pressure with moistened gauze or with a teabag, and leave it in place for 20 to 30 minutes.
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