Deep cleanings are the best way to preserve your teeth and gum health if you’re at risk of developing — or already have — gum disease. As a leader in providing advanced deep cleaning treatments for Culver City, California, patients, Afsana Danishwar, DDS, can help restore your optimal oral health. Dr. Danishwar and her team at Danishwar Dentistry have flexible scheduling for both routine and deep dental cleanings. If you’re due for a cleaning, schedule your appointment by using the clinic’s online scheduling system, or by calling the office.
While all patients over the age of one should have routine dental cleanings twice a year, in some cases, your dentist may also suggest a deep cleaning. Routine dental cleanings — called scalings — involve removing plaque and tartar from your teeth, as well as from slightly above and below your gum line.
A deep cleaning involves the same steps, but also includes gentle cleaning of your tooth root surfaces, which is known as root planing. Part of the cleaning includes smoothing out any rough spots on your teeth roots to minimize bacteria buildup and risk of future infection.
Not all patients need a deep cleaning. Usually, Dr. Danishwar and your dedicated hygienist only suggest a deep cleaning if they think you’re at risk of developing gum disease, or if you’re already showing signs of gum disease, including:
A deep cleaning is also usually the first step in treating periodontitis, which is an advanced form of gum disease. Dr. Danishwar may start with a deep cleaning to see if it helps your case of periodontitis, before opting for a more invasive procedure, such as flap surgery.
Depending on the severity of any underlying gum disease or infection, you might need to be numbed with novocaine injections before your deep cleaning. During your treatment, Dr. Danishwar uses either manual or ultrasonic instruments — sometimes both — to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of the roots of your teeth. Patients with severe cases of gum disease might need two or more dental cleaning appointments.
Over the following few weeks, your gum tissue starts to heal, since the underlying bacteria and infection were removed. If your gums were pulling away from your teeth, the deep cleaning should help resolve this issue. Generally, you need a follow-up visit with Dr. Danishwar to ensure that your gums are getting healthier and to determine if you need additional deep cleaning treatments.
If you’re showing early signs of gum disease, schedule your exam and deep cleaning at Danishwar Dentistry either online or over the phone.