Deep teeth cleaning is a procedure performed by a dentist or dental hygienist to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth below the gumline. It is usually recommended when there is a significant amount of bacteria and tartar accumulation on the surface of the teeth. While deep cleaning comes with risks, it is important to do so in order to prevent gum disease and other dental issues. During deep scraping treatments, a dentist or hygienist will first remove plaque and tartar from the teeth below the gumline in the area of the pouch between the teeth and the gums.
The gum tissue is then gently pushed back and root smoothing is performed. This involves smoothing and cleaning the roots of the teeth to eliminate inflammatory agents such as stones, microorganisms and toxins to promote gum reintegration. If your visit to the dentist reveals significant pockets (4 mm or larger), then you are at risk of suffering from (or being in stages of) periodontal disease. Without treatment, the bacteria that created the bags in the gums will continue to create plaque, tartar, and even bone loss.
A deep dental cleaning is necessary when there is a significant amount of bacteria and tartar accumulation on the surface of the teeth. Regular dental cleanings are different from deep cleanings as they only remove plaque and calculus that build up around and slightly below the gum line. However, if plaque is not removed with a brush, it hardens and turns into tartar, which can only be eradicated with professional dental cleaning. Deep teeth cleaning is a relatively low-risk procedure, especially when performed by an experienced dentist or dental hygienist.
The main benefits of deep cleaning include preventing gum disease, reducing inflammation, preventing tooth loss, and improving overall oral health. It is important to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist before undergoing any type of dental treatment. They will be able to assess your oral health and determine if deep cleaning is necessary for you.