Deep Teeth Cleaning
Deep teeth cleaning is the first step in gum disease treatment. The purpose of deep teeth cleaning is to remove etiologic substances such as calculus, tartar, and dental plaque that may be causing disease and inflammation.
Root planing and scaling procedures are often used as preventive measures or stand-alone treatments depending on the patient’s dental condition. These procedures are commonly performed to treat moderate to severe cases of gum disease.
How Does It Work?
Root planing and scaling are performed after a thorough examination of the patient at our clinic. At Kane and Kerper Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Oxnard, a dental examination may include X-rays to identify the depth of the problem.
Based on the diagnosis, the progression of cavities and periodontitis, percentage of tartar, and conditions of the gum, our expert will suggest the recommended course of action. Anesthesia may be required in complex periodontal disease cases.
In scaling, the plaque attached to the tooth’s surface is removed. Scaling specifically targets the surface below the gum line and is performed with the help of an ultrasonic scaling tool. This special dental tool performs an irrigation process using antimicrobial agents that help reduce oral bacteria along the root and below the gum line.
Root planing removes tartar, plaque, and other unwanted buildups—as well as microorganisms—present in the mouth. It smooths out the root of the tooth to promote healing and prevents bacteria from re-colonizing in the gums.
Irrigation with antimicrobial agents or treatment with antibiotics is also recommended to deter the growth of bacteria that causes periodontitis. Kane and Kerper dentists in Oxnard may also place antibiotic fibers in the pockets of your gum after a root planing treatment to encourage healing. These fibers also help you fight infection for a longer period.
Deep pockets in the gums inhibit effective cleaning and removal of plaque. It is difficult for patients, even those with good oral hygiene, to keep these pockets free of plaque. As a result, scaling and root planing are essential. Complex cases may even require surgery to restore periodontal health.
Benefits of Deep Teeth Cleaning
There are several benefits of deep teeth cleaning, including:
- It prevents disease and helps you maintain optimal dental health.
- Bacteria from a gum infection can enter our bloodstream and cause respiratory and heart diseases. Periodontal maintenance procedures can remove bacteria from the mouth and prevent these adverse effects from occurring in the body.
- Gum pockets deeper than 3mm host more bacteria, increasing the risk of periodontal diseases. In such cases, the body automatically causes a chronic inflammatory response that destroys bone tissue and gingival. This results in tooth loss. Deep teeth cleaning prevents tooth loss by catching the problem at an early stage.
- Both root planing and scaling reduce bad breath and the appearance of stains, which makes your mouth look aesthetically pleasing.