You should visit us for a routine dental cleaning every six months or so. But what if we detect signs of gum disease and recommend that you undergo a deep teeth cleaning in Rome? What can you expect from the procedure? Read on below to learn what a deep cleaning is, whether you might need one, and how this procedure can get you on the road to recovery from gum infections.
A deep dental cleaning is often referred to as scaling and root planing. It is one of the most common treatments for gum disease.
During the scaling portion of the procedure, we use special instruments to scrape bacteria off the teeth, both above and below the gumline. During the root planing stage, we smooth out the roots of teeth so bacteria cannot easily cling to them. Following a deep cleaning, which may take one or more appointments, the mouth has the opportunity to heal from gum disease.
However, deep cleaning is not a “one and done” treatment for gum disease. You and our team will need to continue to carefully monitor your oral health to prevent any new flare-ups of the infection.
A deep cleaning may be beneficial for you if you have any signs of gum disease, including:
Of course, gum disease does not always cause obvious symptoms, particularly if it is still in its early stages. We may recommend scaling and root planing even if you are not yet experiencing any discomfort from your condition.
As a compassionate dentist in Rome, we do everything we can to make our patients comfortable during treatments. To that end, we typically use local anesthetic to numb the mouth before we begin the deep cleaning procedure. Once the anesthetic wears off, it is normal to experience some soreness and sensitivity for at least a few days. A bit of bleeding is also normal. You can deal with any discomfort by taking over the counter pain relievers and adjusting your diet. For example, you may need to temporarily avoid hot, cold, and spicy foods.
Would you like to learn more about deep dental cleanings, or are you ready to schedule a gum disease treatment consultation with us? Contact us today. We look forward to serving you!
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