A periodontal deep cleaning, or gum therapy, is a treatment that cleans between the gums. It also cleans the teeth down to their roots. Each tooth, the sides of the teeth, and along the gum line are all cleaned. However, deep periodontal cleaning involves removing tartar buildup below the gum line and the teeth’ roots. The treatment is also called root planing and scaling. Sometimes, it takes more than one visit to your Birmingham dentist. This treatment is more extensive than a routine tooth cleaning as it is designed to treat gum disease and prevent it from getting worse.
Why did Dr. Roberson recommend periodontal deep cleaning?
The mouth contains bacteria and plaque. Regular brushing and flossing help keep them both under control. Regular dental cleanings help remove plaque that is built up on your teeth. Most of the time, more plaque is found close to the gum line, which is often missed when you brush your teeth. When plaque hardens, it turns into tartar, which requires professional dental cleaning to remove it.
Failing to maintain good oral hygiene can cause the gums to show signs of gingivitis. If you have a genetic predisposition to gum disease, your gums can become infected. The early signs of gum disease include gums that are swollen, red, or bleed easily. When left untreated, it can result in periodontal disease. This type of infection can affect the gums and the bones that support your teeth. If left untreated, it can eventually result in tooth loss.
Dr. Roberson will take x-rays and pocket depth readings to determine if there is an infection. If the exam suggests infection exists, then he will recommend a periodontal deep cleaning. The goal of this treatment is to stop gum disease from progressing.
Benefits of Periodontal Deep Cleaning
You should start to feel the benefits of a periodontal deep cleaning shortly after the procedure. Redness and swelling should go away shortly, and your gums will return to a healthy pink color and feel firmer. The pockets around your teeth will be smaller and bleeding should decrease or stop altogether. Other benefits of a deep gum cleaning include:
- Disease Prevention. When plaque, tartar, and calculus are eliminated through deep cleaning, it can help prevent infections and gum disease that are caused by bacteria found in the mouth.
- Reduce Tooth Deterioration. When bacteria are allowed to remain in the mouth there is always a risk of tooth loss and the gradual breakdown of your teeth. Deep cleaning reduces these risks by removing harmful bacteria.
- Good Oral Health. Teeth cleaning and deep cleaning are part of a solid oral health regimen. You need them along with maintaining good brushing habits, flossing regularly, and avoiding sugary foods and tobacco.
What should I do after a deep cleaning?
Dr. Roberson will give you specific detailed instructions to follow after the periodontal deep cleaning. Following the treatment, you will need to continue to observe good oral health habits at home. Brush your teeth twice each day and floss at least once. Use fluoridated toothpaste and a toothbrush with soft bristles.
Contact Roberson Dental Care
Almost 65% of adults in the US suffer from gum disease, and about 9% of those adults suffer from tooth loss. Gum disease is easier to treat successfully when it is diagnosed before it becomes severe. Routine exams with Dr. Roberson are beneficial for catching it early while it is treatable. If it is time for your regular exam, or you have any concerns about the health of your gums, please call to schedule an appointment today!