To hear that you have the early stages of gum disease from your dentist can be nerve wracking. However, one of the most effective ways to stop gingivitis in its tracks before it advances into periodontal disease is with a deep dental cleaning.
Today, we are going to discuss a few common questions we hear from patients who require a deep dental cleaning. Read on to learn more, and if you believe that you may need a deep teeth cleaning, or you are ready to schedule a routine dental appointment, contact James W. Mellert DDS and Associates in Torrance today.
A deep dental cleaning is often suggested when a patient has gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease. It includes removing plaque and tartar from beneath the gums at the tooth’s roots, as well as using antibiotics on the tooth or inner gum if necessary. Deep teeth cleanings typically take two or more visits to the dentist office and involve gum scaling and root planing. While this may sound a bit scary, deep dental cleanings can prevent gum disease from progressing, thus reducing the risk that you’ll have to undergo oral surgery.
During a deep dental cleaning, your Torrance dentist will use local anesthetic to limit discomfort. Since a deep teeth cleaning requires your dentist to scrape away plaque and tartar at the tooth’s root, you may experience some discomfort after the procedure is over, usually consisting of a small amount of bleeding from your gums.
Typical side effects of a deep dental cleaning include bleeding from the gums and swollen, sensitive gums. However, the bleeding typically lasts up to two days. The gums usually heal fully within 5 days, and by then you'll be on your way to a much healthier smile.
After your deep dental cleaning, there are some simple aftercare instructions that you should follow:
If you believe that you are showing the early signs of gum disease, it’s essential that you see your Torrance dentist. At James W. Mellert DDS and Associates, we can help you determine whether or not you require a deep dental cleaning or if another dental procedure is right for you. Contact us today to schedule a dentist appointment.