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Brushing twice and flossing once are great habits and keep bacteria at bay, but what about the stubborn buildup in the corners your brush and floss cannot reach? That is where deep cleaning of teeth comes into action. They are professional cleaning sessions that include scaling and root planing. Let’s discuss this in more detail.

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    Regular Dental Cleaning

    While you are getting regular dental cleaning, all tartar and plaque from your teeth come off. This procedure is often performed without anesthesia and you can expect it to last typically between 20 minutes to 1 hour. It is advisable to schedule for regular dental cleaning every 6 months so that your oral cavity stays in good shape.

    What is Deep Teeth Cleaning?

    The main difference lies in their target area. While regular dental cleaning focuses on cleaning the tooth’s surface at or above the gum line, deep teeth cleaning removes plaque and tartar from the root (below the gum line).

    Deep dental cleaning is always a good choice for patients who have years of tartar buildup that extends to the tooth roots.

    How is Regular Cleaning Different From Deep Teeth Cleaning?

    1. Difference in Purpose
      The main purpose of regular dental cleaning is to get rid of apparent plaque and tartar to maintain general cleanliness of your teeth. On the other hand, deep teeth cleaning, treats gum disease, gingivitis or periodontitis that may cause gum recession as well.
    2. Extent of Procedure
      The main difference between deep teeth cleaning and a regular one lies in the extent of cleaning done. Unlike a regular cleaning, its deep counterpart takes two appointments to complete. This is because dentists use local anesthesia and work each side a day.
    3. Longer Duration
      Since regular teeth cleaning only targets the tooth’s front surface, it often takes less time and is done in a single appointment. On the other hand, each deep cleaning appointment can take around 40 minutes to an hour. This totally depends on the severity of your tartar buildup.
      Deep dental cleaning consists of the following stages:
      1. Scaling – caters to plaque and tartar removal below the gum line to the bottom of the periodontal pocket.
      2. Root planing helps smooth the tooth root surface. This lets the connective tissues in the gum reattach to the tooth root.
    4. Frequent Visits for Upkeep
      The need for maintenance is also different for both types of oral cleaning. Regular cleaning takes every 6 months to repeat. However, since deep cleaning is often employed for periodontal disease, you need to come back after every 3 months.

    Is Deep Cleaning Teeth Painful?

    Deep cleaning of teeth consists of scaling and root planing that can be uncomfortable but not painful. You owe this to the use of local anesthesia that numbs the area before the procedure to minimize discomfort. You may feel slight pressure and vibration from the dental tools that are being used to remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line, but no pain.

    Word of caution- You may experience sensitivity, soreness, and minor bleeding after the deep cleaning process of your teeth. This happens because gums start healing, which is normal and should subside within 1 to 2 weeks.

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    Closing Note

    Deep cleaning of teeth becomes necessary after the diagnosis of periodontal disease. Along with that, antibiotics can resolve minor-to-moderate cases, reduce inflammation, and improve gum health.

    For more queries or concerns, contact a Howard Dental School in Washington graduate, Dr. Sheryar Khan, at Contemporary Dental Care for help. We aim to stay at the forefront of the latest dental advancements to provide the best dental care for you.

    Connect with us by calling us at Orlando, FL (321) 522-8577, Altamonte Springs, FL (689) 209-0080, or Ocoee, FL (689) 407-3015.

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