Unfortunately making and keeping a regular trip to the dentist isn’t at the top of many patient’s to-do lists. Sometimes it can be a year or more before they schedule a checkup and dental cleaning. In these cases, a regular cleaning may not be enough to remove the build up of tartar and plaque that can occur over time. In these cases, your dentist may recommend to ensure that your teeth stay healthy and to prevent issues such as gingivitis, gum disease, and tooth decay.
What to expect during a deep cleaning
While deep cleanings will still remove tartar and plaque, they may be spread over several visits, with your dentist focusing on only one quadrant of the mouth per appointment. Deep cleaning appointments will often involve a more thorough scaling of teeth than regular cleanings, as well as the planing of any tooth roots that may have become exposed. This helps to treat any infection that may be present, as well as prevent any further damage to your tooth and tooth roots. Your dentist will most likely apply a local anesthetic to ensure that you remain as comfortable as possible during these deep cleaning visits.
After your deep cleaning, your teeth and gums may be more sensitive than normal, and you will need to avoid flossing and brush very gently for a few days. You may notice that your teeth are especially sensitive to temperature extremes in your food as well. If so, your dentist may recommend the use of a special toothpaste, or the use of an over the counter anti-inflammatory for any soreness you may experience. If any infection was noticed during your deep cleaning, you may also be prescribed an antibiotic to help treat this as well.
If it has been awhile since your last regular cleaning and you feel a deep cleaning may be necessary, call Roger L. Gillespie, DDS today at 310-325-4155 to schedule an appointment. He is committed to ensuring each patient’s comfort during any procedure, and can help ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy for as long as possible.