1. A deep cleaning is also known as “Scaling and Root Planing”. This is the first step intreating periodontal disease.
2. Typically, this treatment takes 2 appointments. Your dentist or dental hygienist will numb the areas of the deep pockets and clean around them more thoroughly in order to remove deposits of plaque, hard plaque known as calculus or tarter, and bacteria. After the treatment, your dentist will see you back in 4-6 weeks to re-evaluate how you responded to the treatment. At this time, you many be referred to a gum specialists, known as a Periodontist, to provide you with more advanced options depending on how far the condition has progressed and or how well you respond to the therapy.