When Do You Need Gum Treatment Deep Cleaning?
If you’ve been suffering from sensitive or bleeding gums that just won’t go away, you may need to see your dentist for a gum treatment or deep cleaning. Unlike a traditional cleaning, this type of a gum disease treatment is a vital step to avoid the need for periodontal (gum) surgery later on, when symptoms have been ignored.
The Steps of Diagnosing Gum Disease
Gum disease can come in a variety of severities. The earliest stage is gingivitis or mild swelling and redness of the gums. Left untreated, it can lead to infection of your connective tissues around the teeth and destruction of your bone.
To diagnose the phase of your gum disease, our dentist or hygienist will take x-rays to evaluate the levels of your bone, and measure your soft tissue “pockets” with a periodontal probe to see where the gums attach to your teeth.
Let us know if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease such as:
• Swelling or redness along your gums
• Bleeding when you brush or floss
• Receding gum lines (“long teeth”)
• Chronic bad breath
• Movement or shifting of your teeth
• Food packing under your gums or between your teeth
Comparing a Deep Cleaning vs. Regular Cleaning and Which One You Need
“Regular” dental cleanings are preventive in nature. They’re designed to help you keep your smile healthy between dental check-ups. However, if your oral hygiene is lacking, you’re having health problems, or you’ve spent more time than normal away from the dentist, a deep cleaning may be in order to get things back into shape.
Scaling and root planing (“deep cleanings”) is a non-surgical treatment that is usually the first phase of therapy for active gum disease. During the procedure, we numb the infected areas and carefully clean away any calcified build up or biofilm that has collected along the roots of your affected teeth. It takes more time, special instruments, and is usually phased into two separate appointments. As such, your dental insurance may not cover for 100% of the procedure, as they would with a basic cleaning; you may have a co-pay that you are responsible for.
What’s Involved in a Scaling & Root Planing Procedure?
Preventive cleanings will clean the areas above and just along your gum lines, but if you have gum disease, you need to have the infected areas thoroughly scaled. Our hygienist will use ultrasonic instruments to easily lift away calcifications that harbor bacteria. Sometimes, local anesthetic or nitrous oxide is also used to help you remain comfortable.
Deep Cleaning Aftercare and Why It’s Important
Having a deep cleaning isn’t the cure-all for your gum disease. You will need to floss the areas daily to keep them as clean as possible. In most situations, a periodontal maintenance cleaning will be needed every three to four months to prevent disease relapse (i.e. tooth loss.)
If you need a dental deep cleaning in Ventura, you’ll be happy to know that we offer the service right here in our practice. Call us today to schedule a consultation to find out more – (805) 290-1129.