Many people can confuse regular cleaning with deep dental cleaning because of the similar names but both have different functions. Regular cleaning is a routine check-up at your dentist’s clinic; it is a part of preventive dentistry. Preventive dentistry is the practice of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Deep cleaning is a procedure that a dentist performs to deep clean an infection in the tooth and gum line. While regular cleaning requires simple practices, deep dental cleaning is more complex in nature. Here’s the difference between both:
Periodontal or gum diseases occur when bacteria sit on the teeth and gums causing plaque and tartar. If left untreated, the bacteria start to eat away at your teeth and gums. In a more severe case, the bacteria can even damage the roots of your teeth and, as a result, your teeth could start to fall out.
Symptoms of gum diseases
- Sore gums
- Sensitivity to temperature and certain food
- Receding gums
- Shifted Tooth
- Formation of pus
- Bad breath
Regular cleaning is a preventative measure to protect your gums and teeth. Daily brushing and flossing are a form of preventative care that are vital for oral health. However, brushing and flossing alone can’t remove tartar, hence professional cleanings are required. Professional cleaning helps mitigating cavities and other periodontal diseases. The process involves scaling, scraping away tartar build-ups. The process is followed by brushing and flossing by your dentist. It is recommended to visit your dentist every 6 months for a scheduled check-up and regular cleaning.
How is it done?
If your mouth appears healthy and free of plaque and tartar, scaling is not needed. The dentist will only brush and floss your teeth. When scaling teeth, your dentist might either use a hand-held scaler or an ultrasonic scaler. A hand-held scaler is used by the dentist to feel for the plaque or tartar on your teeth and scrape them away. An ultrasonic scaler is a tool that loosens up the plaque on the tooth. The tip of the scaler vibrates in an effort to chip away the plaque.
After scaling is complete, your dentist will proceed to brushing and flossing. Once done, he will treat your teeth with fluoride. Fluoride treatment helps prevent cavities and further damage caused by plaque and tartar.
Deep CleaningDeep cleaning, aka scaling and root planing, is a non-surgical periodontal therapy that removes tartar, bacterial toxins and etiological agents responsible for causing inflammation to the gum tissue and bones. The first thing your dentist does is measure the distance between a tooth and the surrounding gum to determine whether a “pocketing” has occurred or not. Pocketing is space/gap between teeth and gums that becomes a place bacteria thrives. If the gap between the tooth and gum is greater than 5mm, deep cleaning is required.
How is it done?
Just like the regular dental cleaning method, deep cleaning also involves scaling. Root planing is done by going deeper into the pockets and scraping away all the deposited plaque build-ups. A dentist needs to be very careful while root planing or else the bacteria will continue growing even after the procedure is done. Now, using a curette (a finer scaling tool) he will remove any remaining plaque from the teeth. As the last step, the dentist will then pour antibiotic into the cleaned mouth to kill off any remaining bacteria. He might also prescribe oral antibiotics and painkillers after the procedure is completed.
Will deep dental cleaning cause pain?
Deep cleaning can induce pain and can leave your mouth sore for a few days. Before the procedure you can ask your dentist if it’s safe for you to take an over-the-counter painkiller to alleviate discomfort during the procedure. Your gum may appear swollen and might bleed during and after the deep cleaning. Your dentist will prescribe medicines and mouth rinses to relieve such issues. However, if the pain persists you need to consult your dentist.
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If you live in or nearby Huntersville, NC, schedule an appointment with us at Huntersville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry or call us at (704) 892-7866.
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