Deep Teeth Cleaning
Deep teeth cleaning is provided to patients who have missed their regular professional cleaning appointments for an extended period of time. Its primary aim is to treat gum disease and periodontal disease. In other words, it goes beyond the good floss and brushing you might perform after an unusually sugary or syrupy meal.
To dental professionals, deep cleaning involves two unique processes: scaling and root planing.
Scaling involves removing tartar and plaque from the tooth’s surface and the small area between the tooth and the gum. Dental hygienists perform this process using either manual scaling instruments or an electriceor ultrasonic tool.
Planing involves the removal of tartar and plaque from the surface of the tooth’s root, generally using a scaling tool. This slightly more in-depth procedure generally requires at least two visits – a follow-up is often needed to ensure that your teeth and gums are recovering and getting healthier, and that no pocket depth has been developed.