We usually recommend preventive dental cleanings every six months to maintain healthy teeth and gums. During these appointments, your hygienist checks your gums for any signs of gum disease, then thoroughly cleans, flosses, and polishes your teeth.
But sometimes a gum infection has a chance to develop beyond what a regular cleaning can resolve. Pockets open up between your teeth and gums and provide a place for bacteria to collect and continue to damage your oral health. In this case, your hygienist would recommend a deep cleaning, which you may also hear referred to as scaling and root planing.
During this procedure, the hygienist skillfully removes plaque and tartar that cling to your teeth and eventually lead to gum disease. Then your hygienist planes or smooths the root surfaces so that healthy gum tissue can reattach to the tooth.
We usually perform scaling and root planing under local anesthesia, and the procedure is often broken down into a couple of visits to minimize any discomfort. Your hygienist may also recommend more frequent cleanings in the future until we know that your gum disease is under control.
If you would like to schedule an exam for a preventive dental cleaning, please call Town East Dental Group to arrange an appointment with one of our experienced hygienists.