Periodontics is the dental specialty focusing exclusively in the inflammatory disease that destroys the gums and other supporting structures around the teeth. As specialists in periodontal disease, we are experts in the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease.
We treat cases ranging from mild gingivitis to severe periodontitis. We offer a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (the cleaning of infected root surfaces), root surface debridement (the removal of damaged tissue), and regenerative procedures (the reversal of lost bone and tissue).
When Is A Deep Cleaning Needed?
A deep cleaning is a specific procedure performed by a dental hygienist to treat gum and periodontal disease. It’s often completed because a person has not had regular professional cleaning appointments every six months. Measuring pocket depth is just one part of a comprehensive dental evaluation. An instrument called a probe is used to measure the area around your teeth to see if you have any pocketing (area between the tooth and gum where bacteria will form). The depth of the gum tissue between the teeth and gums are called pockets when it is five millimeters or more. We recommend that every adult receive a periodontal evaluation at least once year to determine whether additional treatment is needed. Ideally, normal healthy pockets will be no more than 3 millimeters deep. If the pockets are greater than 5 millimeters, a deep scaling and root planing appointment may be recommended.
What Is The Deep Cleaning Process?
Deep cleaning is also known as scaling and root planing. Scaling involves removing plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth and from the pocket area between the teeth and gums. A scaling and root planing is performed using either electriceor ultrasonic instruments or manual scaling tools.
The other part of deep cleaning is root planing. A scaling instrument is used to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of the roots of your teeth. A scaling and root planing procedure will require a minimum of two visits as an appointment. A follow-up visit may be necessary to confirm that your gums and teeth are getting healthier and there is no pocket depth. Ideally, after this deep cleaning appointment, the bacteria in the pockets of the teeth will be removed and in the next few weeks the gums should become healthier if proper oral hygiene is being done as recommended.
If are interested in learning more about our periodontic services or to schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to call us at 410-643-5500 or click here to request an appointment.