Dental cleanings are a simple yet highly effective measure to maintain optimal oral health. Dentists recommend basic dental cleanings at least once every six months. Basic dental cleaning is a preventative procedure that can be completed in a single visit. It involves using dental instruments to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth in order to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and periodontitis. Sometimes a more in-depth cleaning is required to thoroughly remove tough build-up on teeth. This is called deep cleaning.
What does a deep dental cleaning involve?
Deep cleanings consist of two distinct procedures, namely scaling and root planing.
Scaling: We use an ultrasonic scaling device to remove the tartar deposits from the teeth surfaces. The scaling tip is made from stainless steel and vibrates at ultrasonic frequencies. When brought in contact with the tartar deposits on the teeth, they will be become dislodged, and a jet of water is used to wash away the debris.
Root planing: Root planing is done on tooth roots to remove adhered tartar accumulation. Root surfaces are smoothed in the process, and deep gum pockets are cleaned out. The procedure is similar to scaling but often involves the use of a local anesthetic to numb the gums and surrounding tissues because the scaling tip is inserted between the gums and roots.
Importance of oral cleaning Dental Cleanings
Dental cleanings are crucial in preventing cavities and gum diseases. Harmful microbes (found in tartar and plaque) are a known contributing cause of gum disease and cavities. These bacteria feed on food debris in the mouth and subsequently release toxins that can erode the enamel and cause decay and gum disease.
To schedule a consultation and cleaning with Dr. Lewis, please call our office at (702) 649-6859.