Because deep cleanings are performed deeper into the gum to target deposits under the gum line, they are typically more painful. However, we provide local anesthesia to the target areas before we start so that you are numb without experiencing any of the pain.
You may also be recommended for antibacterial solutions that will be applied directly under the gum line to prevent the spread of bacteria and keep your numbers down. Antibacterial mouthwashes will also be recommended into your daily hygiene care at home.
Those with deeper pockets and high numbers are recommended to follow up every 3 months in order to see how well treatment is bringing your numbers down, otherwise other options will be explored.
Deep cleaning often results in success provided you are doing your part at home. It is very difficult to bring numbers down through deep cleaning alone – you must brush, floss, and use any other solutions daily as directed by your dentist.
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If you have been recently recommended for deep cleaning and are looking for a deep cleaning dentist located near Austin, TX then give our office at 512-872-3658 a call and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions, price inquiries, and concerns.
Periodontal Therapy / Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
Deep cleaning is different from a standard, routine dental checkup (link to page) that involves a cleaning. In a deep cleaning, our hygienist will perform what is known as scaling and root planning. Scaling occurs during routine dental cleanings, but root planning does not. That’s the main difference.
Scaling and Root Planing – Why It's Done
When we receive a dental examination, you may hear your dentist or hygienist reading numbers our loud in quick succession (i.e. 2,3,2 or 5,6,5). These refer to your "numbers", which measure how deep your gum pockets are.
How Do I Translate My Numbers?
You will hear a ton of different sets of numbers read out loud. Based on the information below you’ll be familiar with what they mean.
- Any number 0-2 is considered safe and does not need treatment.
- Numbers 3 and 4 should be monitored, but is generally not cause for concern.
- Any numbers 5 or more may require dental intervention or a more rigorous routine at home.
In comes scaling & root planning as a first line of defense for those with numbers greater than 5. Yes, numbers may be reduced if the damage is found early. Gingivitis, which is the beginning stage of periodontal disease, may be reversed. However, later stages of periodontal disease may not be reversed and often results in teeth that lack support or structure and then become loose and/or fall out.
Scaling is a procedure in which the dentist scales the teeth using a special tool that can remove hardened deposits known as tartar. Root planning involves scaling the root surfaces and removing any infected tooth structure, which are located deeper into the gums – hence why it is called a "deep cleaning".