Deep Cleaning: What Is it and Why We Recommend It
If you have recently received a recommendation for a deep cleaning, you might feel concerned because you don’t know what to expect. Will the procedure hurt? How long will it take to recover?
A deep cleaning can sound intimidating, but all it really means is that tartar has collected below your gumline, creating pockets, which are a breeding ground for bacteria. Bacteria below the gumline indicates periodontal disease and in order for healing to occur, we need to remove the tartar and bacteria so that your gums can reattach to the teeth. This process will reduce inflammation and the risk of tooth loss.
We prioritize patient comfort for all dental cleanings in our Houston, TX dental office. Deep cleanings sometimes require a local anesthetic, depending on the depth of the pockets in your gum tissue. The precision instruments we use combined with the experience of our hygienists make dental cleanings much more comfortable than you might imagine; even deep cleanings are surprisingly gentle.
As a general rule, the mouth heals quickly. If you have discomfort after treatment, you can manage it with an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. You might also have some sensitivity for a few days. This is normal and will subside as the gums heal.
Can I Just Have a Regular Cleaning Instead?
A routine dental cleaning, called a prophylaxsis, focuses on cleaning the areas above the gumline and includes a polish. If we performed a prophy rather than a deep cleaning, the tartar beneath the gums would still be present, putting both your oral and overall health at risk.
Gum disease is an inflammatory condition due to infection. Any untreated infection within the body puts heart health at risk. Healthy gums are a part of good overall health and your team at Bear Creek Dentistry is dedicated to bringing you comprehensive, gentle dentistry customized for your unique health needs.
For more information about dental cleanings in the Houston, TX area, contact us! We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.