Like most dentists, we offer dental cleanings to a wide variety of patients. However, sometimes we get asked, “What if I need more than that? Is there a way that you can deep clean my teeth?” The answer is yes, and the procedure is called “Scaling and Root Planing.”
Scaling and Root Planing involves removing plaque and bacteria underneath the gums and around the roots, making sure your periodontal area is healthy.
This treatment starts with a thorough cleaning that may include scaling to remove plaque and tartar deposits beneath the gum line, making sure any pockets that have developed between your teeth and gums are free of bacteria.
Tooth roots can also be planed to smooth the root surface, giving room for gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth. In some cases, your bite can need readjusting.
We might recommend antibiotics or rinsing with antimicrobials to help stop the growth of bacteria that cause periodontitis. In some cases, we place antibiotic fibers in the gum pockets after scaling and planning to control infection and encourage normal healing.
When deep pockets between teeth and gums form, it becomes difficult for us to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar. Patients are rarely able to keep these pockets clean and free of plaque. In these cases, surgery can be the answer to restoring periodontal health.
If you think that you can benefit from a “deep cleaning,” make an appointment and come meet our team. We would be more than happy to help you improve your oral health and make your smile even more beautiful.
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