Deep Cleaning

A deep cleaning helps remove hardened minerals, such as plaque or tartar, from your teeth and gums to reduce inflammation. Deep cleaning is also known as tooth scaling and root planing (SRP). 

Sometimes a regular cleaning is not enough to eliminate the bacteria that invade the gum line, and Dr. Sunitsch may recommend SRPto prevent further recession and bone loss due to periodontal disease.. This treatment is intended for people with mild to moderate periodontitis (gum disease). 

If you’d like a consultation for deep cleaning, the Pine Desert Dental team can help. Contact us or visit our clinic in Sisters, Oregon.

Why is a deep cleaning needed?

When food particles mix with saliva and bacteria, a sticky film called plaque adheres to the teeth. If you do not remove plaque by daily brushing and flossing, excess plaque hardens and forms tartar. 

The accumulation of tartar leads to gum inflammation. If left untreated, these issues could cause periodontitis, or gum disease, which could infect your jawbones. 

If you have moderate to mild periodontitis and your gum line has receded or have pain/bleeding while brushing and flossing, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning.

What is the difference between regular cleaning and deep cleaning?

Different types of cleanings target various needs. During your consultation, Dr. Sunitsch will recommend an individualized plan with the best option for your case.

Regular Cleaning or Prophylaxis

Prophylaxis is the most common type of dental cleaning. It’s the best option for someone who regularly visits their dentist and has healthy teeth and gums.

Deep Cleaning or Tooth Scaling

After numbing your gums, the doctor/hygienist will reach beneath them to flush out built-up bacteria and plaque. If you have gum disease, this may be your ideal treatment.

What are the benefits of a deep cleaning?

Some benefits a deep cleaning offers include: 

  • Stops gum disease progression
  • Prevents bad breath 
  • Reduces the risk for cavities and tooth loss 
  • Stops gumline recession
  • Revents teeth staining 
  • Protects teeth root 
  • Treats infection and gum inflammation
  • Cleans teeth above and below the gum line

How do I know if I need a deep cleaning?

Deep cleanings could help stop gum recession and bone loss for patients in the first stages of gum disease. We recommend visiting your dentist if you notice the following symptoms:

  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Bleeding gums 
  • Inflamed gums
  • Redness and soreness in gums
  • Receding gums

What should I expect when getting a deep cleaning?

During a deep dental cleaning, your doctor/hygienist will scale your teeth to remove plaque and tartar and polish them using a special paste. After numbing your gums, the doctor will reach beneath them to flush out bacteria and plaque build-up.

Is deep cleaning painful?

A deep cleaning may cause discomfort, so your dentist will numb your gums before the procedure. If you’d like to be completely comfortable during your treatment, Dr. Sunitsch may recommend some of our sedation dentistry options.

How is the recovery process after a deep cleaning?

To reduce the discomfort after your procedure, we recommend doing the following:

  • Eat only soft foods for a few days.
  • Avoid drinking hot or cold beverages.
  • Take over-the-counter medication to deal with pain and inflammation.
  • Rinse with warm salt water.
  • Use a soft bristle brush.
  • Brush and floss your teeth daily.

How is the recovery process after a deep cleaning?

Pine Desert Dental offers deep cleanings to help patients maintain optimal oral health and prevent decay. 

Dr. Zach Sunitsch and the Pine Desert Dental team can handle all your dental needs. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Oregon Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. 

We offer comprehensive dental services, including periodontal treatment. 

If you’d like more information, call us at (541) 549-01-09 or request an appointment online. You can also visit us at our clinic in Sisters, Oregon.

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