Deep cleaning

Your smile is often the first thing people notice, which makes the state of your dental health a significant part of your overall well-being. Regular dental cleanings play a vital role in maintaining that health, but what if your dentist recommends a ‘deep cleaning’?

“Deep cleaning” may sound a bit intimidating, however, understanding what it entails can greatly ease any apprehensions you might have. Let’s uncover the details of this essential dental procedure, ensuring that you’re prepared and informed.

What Is Deep Dental Cleaning?

Deep dental cleaning, also called scaling and root planing, is a specialized treatment that goes beyond your usual bi-annual trip to the dentist. It is recommended for patients with gum disease, where plaque and tartar have spread below the gum line and are causing irritation and inflammation.

This deep cleaning aims to remove tartar and bacteria that have accumulated on the tooth roots, where regular cleanings cannot reach. By smoothing the root surfaces, it helps to reattach the gums to the teeth, allowing the pockets around the teeth to become shallower—and making them easier to keep clean.

How Do I Know I Need A Deep Cleaning?

If your dentist has informed you that you need a deep cleaning, it indicates that they’ve noticed signs of gum disease during a regular check-up. These signs could include:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Bleeding or swollen gums
  • Bone loss noted on dental x-rays
  • Receding gums or the appearance of longer teeth

The Deep Cleaning Procedure

An initial consultation can determine if you would benefit from a deep dental cleaning. During the procedure, the dentist or dental hygienist will numb the area to be treated to ensure your comfort.

The deep cleaning is performed in two main parts:


This is the meticulous scraping of plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. It is often done with a special dental instrument, either an ultrasonic scaling device, which uses vibrations to break the plaque loose, and a series of manual scalers.

Root Planing

This is where the dental professional smoothes the root of your teeth, so the gums can more easily reattach to your teeth. This also helps to prevent bacteria from easily colonizing in the future.

After a deep cleaning, you may require follow-up visits to ensure that everything is healing correctly and that the gum pockets are getting smaller.

Benefits of Deep Dental Cleaning

The primary advantage of a deep dental cleaning is its ability to halt the progress of gum disease. It also:

  • Prevents tooth loss
  • Reduces the risk of developing more serious health problems related to gum disease, such as heart disease and diabetes
  • Freshens your breath
  • Improves your smile

Why Choose Us?

The decision to undergo a deep dental cleaning is significant, and choosing a reputable dental practice that makes you feel comfortable is vital. Our practice is committed to patient education, treatment efficacy, and a gentle approach.

Our team of experienced professionals ensures a comfortable environment, from the moment you walk in the door to your post-treatment care. We focus on building a long-term relationship with our patients and being a reliable source of dental health.


Is deep dental cleaning painful?

During the procedure, you should not experience pain in the area being treated, because you will be numb. After the procedure, you may feel some discomfort or sensitivity, which should subside after a few days. Dr. Johnna Thomas offers different modalities to manage anxiety if needed.

How long does a deep dental cleaning take?

The duration of a deep dental cleaning varies depending on the extent of the treatment. It is not typically completed in one visit and may require several sessions, with each session focusing on different sections of your mouth.

Is dental deep cleaning necessary?

If your dentist recommends it, a deep cleaning is highly likely necessary to manage gum disease. It’s a proactive approach to prevent more severe oral health issues down the line.

Understanding the importance of your oral health, the reasons dentists prescribe deep cleanings, and the efficacy in treating gum disease will provide you with the confidence and knowledge needed to make informed decisions about your dental care.

Connect with us for a detailed assessment and let’s work together to preserve your smile for years to come.

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