When Would a Dentist Recommend a Deep Teeth Cleaning?

Deep Dental Cleaning Scottsdale, AZ

If you are overdue for a teeth cleaning or have periodontal disease, you may benefit from a deep teeth cleaning. Officially known as root scaling and planing, deep cleanings are a more extensive form of teeth cleaning. It involves removing tartar and plaque from gum pockets and teeth roots. Dental cleanings serve mainly as preventative treatments to protect teeth from decay and gum disease, while deep cleanings treat gum disease.

Reasons a dentist might recommend deep teeth cleaning

Deep teeth cleaning typically involves administering a shot of a local anesthetic at the start of the treatment. This anesthetic numbs the patient’s gum tissues so they do not feel pain as the dentist treats them. The dentist will typically break the treatment into multiple steps to minimize the pain and discomfort the patient experiences as they recover.

During a deep teeth cleaning, gum tissues are pulled back so the dentist can clean teeth roots and gum pockets. Tartar and plaque are removed from these areas, and medication might be inserted into gum pockets. The dentist then polishes the patient’s teeth roots before reattaching gum tissues to them. The polish makes it harder for tartar deposits to build up on teeth roots and makes it easier to reattach gum tissues.

Some of the reasons a dentist might recommend getting deep teeth cleaning include the following:

1. As a treatment for gingivitis

Gum disease occurs in two stages, and the first is called gingivitis. Symptoms of the early stage of gum disease include receding gums, purplish gums, or tender gum tissues. Gingivitis can be reversed by improving oral hygiene and regular teeth cleanings. However, root scaling and planing might be recommended depending on how far a patient’s gingivitis has progressed or if the dentist doubts their patient’s commitment to oral hygiene.

2. To manage periodontitis

Periodontitis is the second stage of gum disease and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It is a chronic gum tissue infection linked to health issues like heart disease and diabetes. Chronic infection damages gums and bone tissues in the mouth and can lead to inflammation in other body parts. Periodontitis cannot be reversed, but it can be managed with treatments like deep cleanings. In addition, removing tartar deposits from gum pockets and teeth roots helps to slow down the infection.

Other treatments that can be used to help manage periodontitis include bone grafts, gum grafts, and implants.

Bone grafts

During a bone graft procedure, bone is taken from one part of the body and transferred to another. Bone grafts are used in a variety of ways, including: 

  • To repair a defect in the jaw or skull. A bone graft can be used to fill in a hole left by an extraction site or other dental procedure.

  • To repair damage caused by traumatic injury or congenital defects such as cleft palate. Bone grafts may also be used to help stabilize certain facial bones after trauma or birth defects

  • As part of a reconstructive procedure for conditions such as osteoporosis, Paget’s disease, and cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. Bone grafts are particularly useful for stabilizing jawbones affected by these conditions

A bone graft is typically taken from the patient’s body (autograft) or a donor (allograft). Autografts are generally preferred because they have less risk of infection than autografts and result in fewer complications over time. 

Gum grafts

Gum grafting is a procedure used to treat receding gums. It involves replacing lost gum tissue with donor tissue from another part of the mouth or even another person. The goal of gum grafting is to prevent further recession and the loss of teeth. A patient with gum recession can receive pain, sensitivity, and even tooth loss if receding gums are not treated.  

The dentist may recommend a gum graft for patients who have lost a significant amount of bone support under their gums and wish to maintain their natural smile without resorting to dentures.

Dental implants

Dental implants are artificial roots that are placed into the jawbone where there are missing teeth. The implants act as anchors for replacement teeth, known as crowns, which look and function like natural teeth. The dentist can use oral prosthetics like dental implants to replace teeth lost due to periodontal disease.

Get treatment for gum disease

Treatments like deep cleanings can help to bring the periodontal disease under control. Give us a call or stop by our Scottsdale office to set up an appointment with our dentist.

Request an appointment here: https://sonorandesertdentistry.com or call Sonoran Desert Dentistry at (480) 439-0117 for an appointment in our Scottsdale office.

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