A Dentist’s Guide to Dental Deep Cleaning

Posted on: June 9, 2016


As a Burien preventive dentist, we work with our patients on a regular basis to prevent conditions like tooth decay, infections, and gum disease. This is critical to maintaining strong and healthy teeth for a lifetime. If you do not receive ongoing preventative care like dental examinations and teeth cleanings, it's far more likely that you will suffer premature tooth loss or at a minimum, be in need of ongoing periodontics services. Fortunately, we help our patients avoid these additional health challenges by performing teeth cleanings twice a year. However, if you are in the category of the patient who has not visited our office in a while or is suffering from gum disease, we have the solutions to return your gums to good health so they can protect your teeth as they should. To learn more about our periodontics services, call (206) 988-3968 and schedule a consultation or examination with our 98166

What You Should Know About a Dental Deep Cleaning

When you visit our Burien, WA office for a dental deep cleaning, we will let you know whether or not we will be performing the procedure in one or several appointments. If it appears that your gum disease is severe or that all areas of your mouth require deep cleaning, it is fairly normal for us to recommend breaking up the appointment into multiple sessions. In fact, some patients visit us for separate periodontics cleanings, breaking the mouth into four quadrants, cleaning one per session. This can be necessary when the condition is severe or when a patient has dental anxiety. However, when discussing your options with us, we will make a recommendation that takes all those factors into consideration.

To actually clean your gums and teeth, we will need to pull the gum tissue away from the tooth structure so the plaque and tartar can be accessed. At that point of our dental deep cleaning, a metal tool will be used to break up and scrape off the plaque and tartar from your teeth before your gums are laid back down.

During the actual procedure at our Burien office, you will be given some level of anesthesia in order to eliminate the discomfort typically associated with the procedure. You will also need to use gauze in order to stop any bleeding and be sure to rinse with warm water on a regular basis in order to reduce the risk of developing an infection. Afterward, you can expect to experience some soreness, bleeding, and swelling. At Burien Family Dentistry, we recommend that you control the swelling by taking ibuprofen as directed and also applying an ice pack to the area of your face for 15 minutes at a time. For a few days, you will also need to be careful with what you eat so you do not accidentally scratch your gums, as they will be sensitive. Typically, however, your gums should return to a normal state within one to two days, so you can enjoy eating your food with confidence, knowing that you are no longer suffering from symptoms associated with gum disease.

Schedule an Appointment for 98166 Periodontics Care

As a provider of periodontics, we are often asked about dental deep cleanings and what they entail. If you want to find out whether or not you need a deep cleaning and want to discuss the process in further detail, call (206) 988-3968 and schedule your appointment today with our Burien, WA dental office. At Burien Family Dentistry, we will be happy to walk you through the procedure so you can be confident in the dental care you receive.

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