deep teeth cleaning (scaling and root planing)

march 23rd, 2021

teeth cleaning

Has your dentist mentioned the need for deep cleaning and root planing? Did you want to just receive a routine cleaning?

Here are some facts about scaling and root planing and how this can help save your teeth.

WHAT IS DEEP TEETH CLEANING?

Deep teeth cleaning is commonly referred to as scaling and root planing (SRP). Deep cleaning differs from regular cleaning in that your hygienist or dentist will clean further below your gum line.

The scaling (cleaning) of your roots will help remove harmful bacteria, toxins, plaque, and tartar that are harming your teeth and gums.

After removing the toxins, your body may heal, and your pocket depths may return to a healthier state.

Without proper deep teeth cleanings, you will get periodontal bone loss, toxic build-up around your gums, and may lose your teeth.

Not everyone needs a scaling and root planing, but if you do, it is essential to receive that treatment to get your teeth and gums into a healthier state.

DO I NEED DEEP TEETH CLEANING?

Some symptoms you may see before your dentist talks to you about scaling and root planing is:
1. Bad breathe,
2. Bleeding while brushing and flossing.
3. Loose teeth.
4. Inflamed gums.

Your dentist will confirm your suspicions at your next dental visit. Your dentist or hygienist will probe around your teeth to check for bone loss. Radiographs will also help determine bone loss and the need for periodontal treatment.

You cannot reverse periodontal disease on your own. Tartar (calculus) that is built up below the gum line is difficult to remove. It must be removed by a professional in order to reduce possible complications.

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NORMAL TEETH CLEANING VS PERIODONTAL DEEP TEETH CLEANING

If you have large pocket depths (typically greater than 4 mm), bleeding on probing, and/or bone loss, you will need an SRP.

Deep teeth cleaning can lead to temporary tooth sensitivity and longer appointments. Your hygienist may elect to clean only certain quadrants in one visit due to the amount of build-up and difficulty removing all your tartar properly.

DOES A DEEP TEETH CLEANING HURT?

Your hygienist and dentist will numb the area that to be cleaned. They must clean below the gum line, which may cause discomfort after the procedure.

You will need to follow-up with your dentist a few weeks to a few months after the procedure. They will want to confirm proper healing and if there is any improvement in the pocket depths.

It is important to note that you cannot regain the bone loss, but you can prevent it from worsening.

If your doctor recommends a deep cleaning and you refuse, you will likely cause:
1. Further bone loss to your teeth.
2. Loss of teeth due to bone loss.
3. Continuation of bad breath.
4. Bleeding of your gums.
5. Gum recession leading to sensitive teeth.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DO NOT GET A DEEP CLEANING AFTER YOUR DOCTOR RECOMMENDS IT?

At Thrive Dental and Orthodontics in Allen, Texas, we welcome all patients. We treat patients as young as 6 months to as mature as 95 years old! 

If you want to learn more about deep cleaning treatment, come in for your initial evaluation here.

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HOW MUCH DOES DENTAL SCALING AND ROOT PLANING COST?

A typical healthy mouth cleaning will cost anywhere from $75 - $150. An SRP will cost around $150 - $250 per quadrant unless you enroll in our Thrive Dental Plan. Our price is reduced so that everyone can benefit from a healthy smile.

Insurance may cover a more significant portion of your deep cleaning; therefore, it is best to check with your insurance before starting the procedure. Our offices are able to verify your insurance after your initial exam.

KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM DEEP TEETH CLEANING

If you have pocket depths greater than 4 mm, bleeding on probing, and/or bone loss, you likely need a deep cleaning.

Not performing this procedure will further your bone loss and will lead to tooth loss and other systemic health issues.

If you have questions about your deep cleaning or what to come into our office for your routine cleaning, please contact us.

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