Do you need a deep dental cleaning? Have one with Dental Oasis for healthier gums and reduced risk of tooth loss.
Need Just a Routine Cleaning or Deep Dental Cleaning?
How Your Orange County Dentist Can Tell the Difference.
If you are searching for a new dentist to get yearly or six-month check-ups, you may want to check out the Dental Oasis of Orange County, where Brian Toorani, DDS leads an experienced and dedicated team.
Dr. Toorani, a graduate of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, understands just how important oral health is and will help you figure out if you need more than just a routine cleaning when you come in.
As opposed to a routine dental cleaning, which involves cleaning only the surface of your teeth and the areas between your teeth, deep dental cleaning goes beyond the surface, tackling the bacteria underneath your gum line, giving you a fresh feeling, unlike anything you’ve experienced before.
Also known as scaling or root planing (SRP), this process can solve problems that a basic cleaning can?t.
How the Dentist Will Know If You Need Scaling or Root Planing
When you have your appointment at the Dental Oasis of Orange County, your dentist may recommend deep dental cleaning or even periodontal surgery (depending on the severity of your infection). You may wonder, how does the dentist know if you need surgery after a routine cleaning?
During a routine cleaning, a dentist will use a periodontal probe to measure pockets in a new patient’s gums. These probes are very thin so they can slip easily between your gums and teeth; and, the ends are blunt, so you won’t have to worry about anything sharp or painful.
Ideally, your gums should fit snugly around each tooth, but The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) says that it’s okay to have pockets in the gums as long as they don?t exceed three millimeters. If your pockets exceed three millimeters, that’s a sign of gingival (gum) enlargement or even disease.
The Basics of Your Deep Dental Cleaning Appointment
Deep dental cleaning is a two-step process that involves scaling and root planing (SRP).
Your dentist will either use manual scaling tools or periodontal laser treatments to remove plaque on your teeth. Dr. Toorani uses an ultra-sonic scaler. These scalers remove plaque and tartar rapidly off your teeth, and because dentists can use them more deftly than other scalers, the process goes more smoothly for you both.
- Root planing
This involves cleaning the area of the root surface to remove plaque and tartar. This is done with a laser treatment to reduce pain and swelling.
While scaling and root planing is definitely more intense than a routine cleaning, it doesn’t mean it’s painful. Your dentist will use an anesthetic, like novocaine, and make sure you are comfortable before beginning.
After the deep cleaning process, you will be expected to return for a follow-up after 2 or 3 weeks to make sure that your gums are healthy and responding well to the treatments. For more severe cases, your dentist may recommend follow-ups every three months.
Despite these additional appointments, the good news is that SRP is great at reducing swollen tissue and pockets quickly. You may not even need further SRP appointments and can go back to just your usual yearly cleaning.
It’s Important to Have a Deep Dental Cleaning If It’s Recommended
If you have swollen, tender gums, gingivitis, bad breath, or a receding gum line, you may have gum or periodontal disease. This is a sign that the bacteria accumulated under your gum line has progressed into a harmful infection. It is imperative that you get a deep dental cleaning to fix this issue.
If your gum disease doesn’t cause pain, you may think it’s not a big deal to wait. However, if plaque, a sticky substance that houses harmful bacteria that secrete decay-causing enzymes, stays on your teeth too long, it can only be removed by a professional. And if this plaque hardens and accumulates under the gum line, your gums will start to swell and your teeth can actually detach from your gum line.
While the prospect of tooth loss isn’t fun, there are other severe issues to keep in mind. For example, gum disease is correlated with many serious secondary conditions, like respiratory disease.
If you commit to an appointment, you’ll be able to enjoy the following benefits a deep cleaning:
- Healthy gums.
- Relieved gingivitis.
- Reduced risk of periodontal disease/gum disease.
- Better oral hygiene.
- Prevention of tooth loss.
It’s Important That You Take Care of Your Teeth
Because a deep dental cleaning is more intensive than your routine check-up, you will probably be eager to keep your gums in tip-top shape. You should continue to brush and floss daily with a fluoride toothpaste. If your gums are still sensitive from Scaling and Root Planing, have your dentist recommend a special toothpaste. And if you can, try to cut out anything that can increase your risk-factor for gum disease (e.g. like smoking).
Contact the Dental Oasis in Huntington Beach
If you have questions about deep dental cleaning or would like to inquire about an appointment, call (714) 894-7700 or visit Dental Oasis of Orange County.
You can also easily request an appointment online by filling out the form on this page!
Dental Oasis Of Orange County is located at 7777 Edinger Ave #232, Huntington Beach, CA 92647