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At the Dentist

Deep Cleaning / Scaling

What is a Deep Cleaning?

A deep cleaning in dentistry, also known as scaling and root planing, is a non-surgical procedure designed to treat and manage gum disease. This comprehensive cleaning goes beyond a routine dental cleaning and is typically recommended when there is evidence of gum inflammation, deep pockets between the teeth and gums, or the presence of tartar and plaque below the gumline. During a deep cleaning, the dentist or dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and roots, smoothes rough areas on the roots to prevent bacterial buildup, and promotes healing of the gums. 

What should I expect from a deep cleaning?

During a deep cleaning, your dental hygienist will assess your gum health, administer local anesthesia for comfort, and then use specialized instruments to remove plaque and tartar from both the tooth surfaces and roots. This process, known as scaling and root planing, aims to eliminate bacteria causing gum inflammation and promote healing. Afterward, Dr. Klein will evaluate the progress, provide post-care instructions, and may recommend follow-up appointments. While you may experience some sensitivity or discomfort initially, maintaining regular oral hygiene practices is crucial for optimal results and preventing the return of gum disease.

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