Understanding the Importance of Deep Cleaning for Your Teeth
Most people tend to think more about the state of their teeth than the health of their gums, but the two are obviously connected, and the fact is that gingivitis and periodontal disease are the most frequent causes of lost teeth.
Even worse, gum problems can have a seriously adverse impact on an individual’s overall health, increasing the risk of heart disease and other serious health threats. Our West Hollywood Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Borzoo Ahmadi DDS, wants patients to understand the signs that point to periodontal problems and to understand that there’s a lot that can be done to treat all types of gum disease, starting with a deep teeth cleaning.
At our practice in West Hollywood Deep teeth cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is a dental procedure that goes beyond the scope of regular cleaning. It involves the thorough removal of plaque and tartar buildup both above and below the gum line, reaching down to the pockets of the gums and the roots of the teeth. This process not only cleans the teeth but also smoothens the root surfaces, helping gums reattach to the teeth and reducing the depth of gum pockets. It's an essential treatment for combating periodontal disease and is recommended for individuals showing signs of significant gum inflammation and bone loss. Deep teeth cleaning is a proactive step towards maintaining oral health and preventing more severe dental issues.
The first and most important aspect of caring for your gums is basic dental hygiene, i.e., regular and thorough brushing and flossing. The next important thing is to keep a close eye on your gums to look for any of the following signs of possible trouble. These may include:
If you see any of these symptoms, contact your dentist immediately and tell her about your situation. After a thorough examination, she will suggest any of a number of steps, from deep teeth cleaning to oral surgery, that will typically be able to restore the health of gums as well as teeth.
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In the case of periodontal issues that means thorough and regular (twice daily) brushing and flossing. It also means regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings to deal with plaque and other issues that even the most thorough individual will usually miss. Whether you are concerned about possible periodontal issues, or want to make sure you avoid them entirely, it’s up to you to maintain a relationship with a qualified dentist. If you have not had a dental appointment within the last six months or longer, now is the time to get started. A deep teeth cleaning may be recommended if you haven't been seeing your dentist regularly.
Periodontal scaling and root planing are procedures used to treat periodontal disease. This is commonly known as a deep teeth cleaning.
When getting a deep teeth cleaning West Hollywood smile experts will carefully remove the hardened plaque near the gum line. This is where harmful bacteria can grow and cause damage to both the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. The treatment starts with scaling, during which special instruments are used to scrape tartar away from the teeth and gums. Root planing follows, which is a process of smoothing the surface of the tooth’s root in order to prevent bacteria from accumulating there in the future. Finally, an antibiotic is administered to ensure that no bacteria remain at the treatment site.
That you cannot brush or rinse away hardened plaque that causes periodontal disease? The only thing you can do is prevent is from accumulating by using good brushing and flossing habits. Once tartar has formed, the only way to remove it is via a professional dental or periodontal cleaning.
At our practice in West Hollywood deep teeth cleaning is more than just a routine dental procedure; it's a crucial part of maintaining oral health and ensuring long-lasting smile vibrancy. This specialized cleaning goes beyond what traditional brushing and regular cleanings can achieve, targeting the hidden areas prone to bacteria buildup.
Prevents Gum Disease
Removes plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to gingivitis and periodontitis, keeping your gums healthy.
Halts Tooth Decay Progression
By cleaning hard-to-reach areas, it prevents the progression of cavities and tooth decay.
Eliminates bacteria that cause bad breath, ensuring a fresher and more pleasant oral environment.
Brightens Your Smile
Helps remove stains and discoloration, leading to a brighter, more attractive smile.
Enhances Overall Health
Reduces the risk of oral bacteria contributing to other health issues like heart disease and diabetes.
Early Detection of Dental Issues
Regular deep cleanings allow your dentist to spot early signs of dental problems, ensuring timely intervention.
Remember, a deep teeth cleaning isn't just about aesthetics; it's a vital part of your health routine that offers long-term benefits for your smile and overall health.
You may need deep teeth cleaning (scaling and root planing) if you are suffering from mild to moderate periodontal disease. Visit your dentist for an exam if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of periodontal disease, such as inflamed or receding gums, chronic halitosis, or loose teeth. If your periodontal disease is advanced, you may require grafting or flap surgery.
If you require a deep teeth cleaning, you’ll first be made comfortable – perhaps using a local anesthetic. You should feel little or no discomfort other than the sensation of the cleaning tools scraping away hardened plaque. Procedure lengths vary according to the extent of the disease and the areas it is located within the mouth. If your periodontal disease is widespread, you may need to spread out your treatment into multiple visits.
Yes. You’ll need to follow all instructions for antibiotic usage following your treatment. You’ll also be advised to avoid certain habits that can cause recurrences of periodontal disease in the future, such as smoking. Most patients experience little or no discomfort after scaling and root planing, although your mouth may continue to be numb for several hours following the procedure.
Time to see a dentist? Let us introduce you to a new level of care at the practice of Dr. Borzoo Ahmadi, DDS, in West Hollywood, CA. Patients from West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and all over the world have unlocked more beautiful smiles and lasting oral health with our help. We can’t wait to show you your most confident smile.