Periodontal scaling and root planing, commonly known as dental deep cleaning, is a procedure used to treat gum disease by removing bacterial deposits from beneath diseased gum tissue. Unlike routine checkups and cleanings that aim to prevent periodontitis, this treatment is essential for those already suffering from the disease. Gum disease can lead to serious oral health issues, including loose teeth, jawbone damage, and infections in the mouth and face. Therefore, it is crucial to seek treatment as early as possible to preserve the health and strength of your teeth.
A dental deep cleaning is a procedure that occurs in two phases and can be conducted in your dentist’s office. The first phase of scaling involves using a scaler tool to remove accumulated tartar from your teeth and gums, while the second phase of planing smoothes out the roots of your teeth and reattaches them to your gums.
Typically, a standard deep cleaning takes about an hour for each quadrant, but the number of cleanings required for a patient depends on the dentist’s schedule and insurance coverage. Most patients requiring a full deep cleaning may need to schedule two to four visits.
A dental deep cleaning procedure is conducted using a local anesthetic to numb the gums and teeth to avoid any discomfort or pain during the process. Before the cleaning begins, a topical anesthesia gel is applied to the gums, followed by an injection of local anesthesia. It is common to experience sensitivity and discomfort in the gums due to the presence of periodontal disease. Any discomfort felt during the procedure will be mild and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication. Typically, any pain or discomfort should subside within a few days.
The mouth is divided into four quadrants: upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right. Deep cleaning treatments are generally priced per quadrant, with additional costs per visit for periodontal maintenance cleanings, which may be recommended every four months depending on the severity of the periodontitis. For up-to-date pricing information, please contact Dental Depot.
Most insurance companies cover the cost of deep cleaning if your dentist provides proof of a periodontal disease diagnosis. However, if your insurance does not cover it, Dental Depot offers financing, savings, credit, and payment plans to help make essential dental care affordable for you.
Dental deep cleaning is a non-invasive option to treat periodontitis, particularly during its early stages. Unlike gum surgery that eliminates gum tissue, deep cleaning can reduce gum pocket depths without causing harm to the gums or tissue. Additionally, the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia at the dentist’s office and is usually completed in a single visit. Patients typically see positive outcomes right away and experience minimal or no pain after the procedure.
A dental deep cleaning provides a fresh start for your oral health by removing virtually all the bacteria. It is an opportunity to develop healthy oral hygiene habits like brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, using an electric toothbrush, daily flossing, and using a mouth rinse before and after flossing. After the procedure, an antimicrobial mouthwash with chlorhexidine gluconate may be prescribed to control bacteria and prevent infection. Over-the-counter pain medication can help with any mild discomfort. You may also need to schedule more frequent follow-up cleaning visits, such as every three to four months instead of the regular six.
At Dental Depot, we offer personalized and complete dental care to ensure the long-term health of your teeth. Our team of dental professionals and specialists is committed to addressing your oral hygiene requirements at every life stage, and we cater to every member of your family. With our flexible scheduling, Saturday appointments, and various locations, Dental Depot is the perfect fit for your busy lifestyle. Book an appointment now to learn more about our dental deep cleaning services.