Having clean teeth plays a significant role in maintaining optimum oral health. But, despite regular brushing and flossing, a lot of microbes tend to get left behind on the teeth. When they're not removed from time to time, they form plaque and tartar deposits, which can upset one's oral health to a massive extent.
This is the reason most dentists suggest you go for routine dental consultations at least once every six months. This allows the dentist to conduct in-depth cleaning sessions where he removes the accumulated tartar deposits effectively. Thus, you can restore your oral health to an excellent standard, and also prevent the occurrence of a lot of oral infections.
What is deep cleaning?
Deep cleaning is a combination of two dental cleaning procedures, namely scaling and root planing. Scaling helps in removing the tartar deposits from the teeth's surface, and root planing removes the tartar from the surface of the tooth roots. Both these procedures help to remove the majority of infection-causing microbes from the mouth, thereby reducing the chances of developing cavities and gum diseases.
What do scaling and root planing involve?
When you visit us for a consultation, we will conduct a visual screening test using a few types of equipment for better viewing. Every face of every tooth will be screened to spot the tartar deposits. Next, you will be prepared for the scaling procedure. We use a hand-held ultrasonic scaling device for this purpose. The device has a tip that vibrates at ultrasonic frequencies, thereby dislodging the tartar deposits from the surface of the teeth. A jet of water will be used to wash away the removed debris. The process is minimally invasive and can be completed in a short span of time.
When it comes to deep cleaning, a scaling tip will be inserted in between the gums and root surface. Since this can be painful, the dentist may consider the use of local anesthesia before starting the procedure. The scaling tip will be used to dislodge the tartar deposits, smoothen out the root surface and even clean the gum pockets where the maximum accumulation of microbes occurs. Suitable medication may be suggested to facilitate healing and to keep you from developing any infection. Deep cleaning is primarily known to provide relief from gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
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