If your dentist or hygienist recommends a deep cleaning, you might feel a little anxiety. What is a deep cleaning, anyway? Will it hurt?
These are legitimate questions, and we understand why you are concerned. We will always explain your procedure, so you know what to expect. Rest assured that we always make you comfortable for any procedure, so you never have to worry about pain.
Why a Deep Cleaning Becomes Necessary
If you brush and floss your teeth, you may believe that a dental cleaning is not necessary. Even with the best brushing and flossing habits, a professional cleaning will still remove the tartar that develops beneath the gumline and between your teeth. This is unavoidable because your toothbrush and floss cannot always reach these areas.
When you maintain a regular six-month cleaning schedule, this buildup is minimal. We will gently remove it with precision instruments comfortably so you can enjoy a fresh, clean smile.
When patients avoid the dentist or put off their dental cleaning appointment for too long, tartar collects and becomes dense. It will continue building and work its way beneath the gumline. When this happens, your gums develop an infection, become inflamed, and you may experience pain when brushing, flossing, or eating.
You will need a deep cleaning to restore your oral health. Rather than seeking a referral to a periodontist, we can complete most deep cleanings here in our Madera dental office.
How a Deep Cleaning Works
Our hygienist will use either topical or local anesthetic, depending on how advanced your condition is. Then, using a combination or handheld instruments and an ultrasonic cleaner, we will remove tartar completely. This may take more than one appointment if you have excessive buildup. It is the first step toward healing your gums and eliminating bad breath, bleeding, and infection.
We will complete your deep cleaning with a polish to restore the shine to your teeth and remove any surface stains.
Contact us to learn more about how dental cleanings protect your smile.