What Is a Deep Cleaning?

Closeup of a woman smiling after receiving a deep cleaning at the dentist in Liberty, MO

A deep cleaning involves a similar process as your standard dental cleaning, but it goes even further by cleaning out plaque and tartar from below your gumline. Also known as scaling and root planing, this is a procedure performed to treat gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. It addresses the inflammation and infection in your gums to promote healing. When left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and bone loss.

The Deep Cleaning Process

During a deep cleaning, your hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth and roots and the pocket area between your teeth and gums. Typically, local anesthesia is administered to numb your mouth and keep you comfortable. You may feel some sensitivity for a few days after the deep cleaning is over. Your dentist will provide you with instructions on how to take care of your teeth while you recover. You will also have a follow-up appointment to check on your gum health. This is to ensure that your gums are healing and don’t need further treatment.

How to Improve Your Gum Health

Contact us as soon as possible if you begin to notice warning signs of gum disease, such as swollen or tender gums, bleeding, and abnormal redness. The early stages of gum disease are usually treatable with proper oral hygiene, so don’t let the problem fester.

Seaport Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality oral healthcare to you and your family with our comprehensive dental services in Liberty, MO. We also accept a wide variety of payment options.

So if it’s time for your biannual dental checkup and cleaning, or if you notice abnormal changes in your gums, please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile!