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Deep Cleaning

How To Know You Need a Deep Cleaning

The goal of deep cleaning is to remove subgingival agents that can lead to inflammation of the gum tissue and bone. Common etiologic agents removed by this conventional periodontal therapy include plaque and calculus. Doctors Network has simplified the process of searching for a dentist or hygienist near you that accepts your insurance.

These non-surgical procedures which completely cleanse the periodontium, work very miraculously for patients experiencing gingivitis and/or moderate to severe periodontitis.

Why you might need scaling/root planingScaling and root planing can be used both as a prophylactic measure as well as a stand-alone service. Deep cleaning is performed as a preventative measure for patients suffering from periodontitis.
These are a few reasons why deep cleanings may be necessary:

  • Aesthetic effects
    Scaling and root planing helps remove plaque and calculus from tooth roots and under the gumline. On top of that, if superficial stains are present on the teeth, they will be removed during the process of the deep cleaning procedure.
  • Tooth protection
    When periodontal pockets exceed 3mm in depth, there is a greater risk of periodontitis. As gingival pockets deepen, they tend to house more harmful bacteria. Eventually, an inflammatory response by the body begins to destroy bone and gingival tissue which could lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis is the number one cause of missing teeth in the world.
  • Disease prevention
    The anaerobic oral bacteria that cause periodontitis can travel through the blood vessels to other parts of the body. Research supports that heart disease and infections have been linked to oral bacteria. Scaling and root planing removes these bacteria and halts gum disease from progressing, thus preventing the infectious bacteria from traveling to other organs of the body.
  • Better breath
    One of the most detectable signs of periodontitis is halitosis. Food and bacteria can cause a persistent bad odor in the mouth which can easily be alleviated with treatments such as deep cleaning.

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What do deel cleaning procedures involve?

Scaling and root planing treatments are performed after a thorough examination of the mouth and teeth. The dentist, will take dental X-rays, conduct visual exams, and make a diagnosis before advising or beginning these procedures.
Based on the condition of the gingival, the amount of plaque and calculus present, the gingival pocket depths, and the severity of the periodontal disease, a local anesthetic may be administered.


This procedure is usually performed using special dental instruments and can include an ultrasonic cleaning device. The scaling tool removes plaque and tartar from the surface of the crown and root surfaces. In most cases, the scaling tool includes irrigation of the gum tissue that can be used to administer an antibacterial agent below the gums to reduce the density of oral bacteria.

Read More: Tips on How To Keep Teeth Healthy And Whitening In Check

Root Planing

This part of the procedure is the treatment that serves to remove the surface dentin and root cementum that is infested with unwanted bacteria, calculus, and toxins. The root of the tooth is smoothed to promote healing. Having clean, smooth root surfaces stops bacteria from colonizing in the future.
After these deep cleaning procedures, the periodontal pockets may be treated with antimicrobial agents. This will reduce inflammation and irritation and help the gums to heal quickly.
During your next follow-up appointment, the Brooklyn dentist or hygienist will thoroughly examine the gingival tissues again to see how well the pockets have healed. If the pockets still measure deeper than 3mm, additional treatments may be suggested.
If you have any concerns or questions about scaling and root planing in Fort Greene, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, or any other parts of Brooklyn, please ask Dr. Pooria Shahin DDS, your dentist at 1st Impression Dental.