Deep cleaning or sub-gingival scaling is a dental procedure performed to remove plaque and tartar from the deeper surfaces of the tooth. Generally, accumulation of plaque and tartar on the tooth surface leads to inflammation and bleeding gums (gingivitis), which can later progress to a severe condition called Periodontitis.
Periodontitis is a condition where the bacteria from plaque invade deeper surfaces of the tooth well-hidden within the gums. This toxic concentration of germs and debris loosen up the gums around the tooth creating deep spaces or “pockets” below the gum line. If these toxins are not eliminated, the connective tissues and surrounding bone get infiltrated and destroyed by the bacteria resulting in loosening and premature loss of healthy teeth. Thus, it is highly recommended for an individual diagnosed with Periodontitis to undergo a full routine of professional deep cleaning procedure to salvage the infected teeth.
What to expect at the dentist’s office?
Deep cleaning can be done in 1-2 appointments. Your dentist or dental hygienist will thoroughly examine your gum tissues to determine the extent of gum disease. As the procedure requires deeper manipulation compared to regular cleaning, you may be administered a small dose of anaesthetic locally to minimise any discomfort. By using specialized cleaning tools, the hygienist will remove plaque and hard layer of tartar present below the gum line and smoothen the root of the tooth so that the surrounding gum tissue can firmly reattach.
In the presence of deep pockets and extensive infection, your dentist may apply an antibiotic gel to control the bacterial load and reduce the size of the pockets. You will be prescribed an antimicrobial mouth rinse (chlorhexidine) after deep cleaning to prevent further harbouring of bacteria beneath the gums, which will help in faster healing.
In about 1-2 weeks, you will see remarkable changes in your gums as they will revert back to the normal form. Bleeding will be reduced or eliminated, pockets will minimize, and gums will regain their normal texture and will be firmly attached to the tooth. It is essential that good oral hygiene is maintained by brushing twice a day and flossing regularly to prevent recurrence of gum diseases. Furthermore, visiting your dentist routinely for check-ups and professional cleaning got to be the first thing on your to-do list. Read our blogs for more tips on maintaining the vitality of your gums and teeth.
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