Most of our patients are familiar with each step in their regular, six month cleanings. In short, a hygienist thoroughly polishes and flosses your teeth, then one of our dentists performs a visual examination. If no sign of any health issue is found, you will leave our practice feeling fresh and clean. So how does a deep cleaning go beyond that?
What is a Deep Cleaning?
Deep cleanings are typically reserved for patients who suffer from gum disease. A deep cleaning carefully removes the hardened plaque on and below your gum line. This is called scaling. We then smooth the surface of your teeth through root planing. This allows your gums to reattach to your teeth without pockets for disease to settle in. We often provide a small dose of local anesthetic to help your tolerate this process. Watch the video below to learn more about the benefits of a deep cleaning for your oral health!