Deep cleaning is a dental procedure that is also related to the terms scaling and root planing.
Do you have Gingivitis?
If your home routine of dental care is not sufficient, plaque and tartar can build up. This buildup along the gum line is a perfect place for bacteria to grow. It will happily live in that plaque, irritating and infecting your gums. Are you finding that your gums bleed easily? This is a sign of gum disease. The early stage of gum disease is what is called gingivitis. This is completely reversible with a deep cleaning and a review of your daily habits, possibly adding more diligence to it.
What is a Deep Cleaning?
A Deep Cleaning is a more involved cleaning, but a simple process. Using a tool, called a Scaler, Dr. Liu will scrape away the tartar buildup on the teeth, at the gum line, and just below the gum line. Planing is the procedure used for smoothing out the roots, helping your teeth by making the surface more difficult for plaque to accumulate again. This may be slightly uncomfortable for the patient, and you may continue to be uncomfortable for a short time afterwards, but feel confident that the infection is healing. Dr. Liu has removed the bacteria that was damaging your teeth.