The Advantage of Deep Cleanings
By Roger B. Parkes, DMD on May 13, 2016
Everybody sets great importance into staying on top of their oral care, however, a lot of our patients throughout Jackson, MS are actually not familiar with exactly what exists under the gum line. While teeth seem small, they are in fact a great deal bigger than people imagine. In cases where gum disease has set in, regular cleanings are insufficient to totally recover your teeth and gums back to a healthy state. When your gum tissues get inflammation due to periodontal disease, deep cleanings are crucial.
Our team are typically questioned, "So, what does Deep Cleaning include?" A deep teeth cleaning is also known as scaling and root planing. Scaling scrapes off tartar and bacterial builds up that could be caught beneath the gum line on the roots and in the pockets of periodontal tissue bordering the roots of one's teeth. Root planing smoothes the roots of rough areas, where microorganisms and bacteria are likely to flourish. This approach helps your gums to regenerate, and makes it possible for your periodontal pockets to shrink. Additionally, antimicrobial drugs may be deposited underneath the gum line in order to further aid the healing process. The deep cleaning procedure in most cases take two to four visits, and also involves an anesthetic ("numbing") for treatment.
Gum disease is not curable and is, in fact, a systemic disease, just like hypertension or diabetes. This makes deep cleanings important in order to maintain good oral health. Periodontal disease is typically a "silent disease" as well, due to the fact that a large number of patients do not have any kind of noticeable pain or indicators. Gum disease attacks the overall structure of your teeth and weakens the roots, bone and gum tissue. If the tartar and microbes are allowed to amass below the gum line, it can easily cause tooth mobility and loss. If not adequately handled, oral bacteria may have an effect on your whole body, not solely the gums and teeth. Once the initial disease process is cared for with the deep cleanings, it is required to get frequent maintenance cleanings to avoid future infection and loss of bone around the teeth. The end goal of deep cleanings is to suppress the active disease process, uphold the oral health, and preserve strengthened oral and total health.
For more details on scaling and planing, visit Oral-B's web page. To read more on tips on how to avoid gum disease, call us our office or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.
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“Thank you for everything! You have a very friendly office where people greet you by name. Everyone makes me feel at ease and welcome as if I'm the only patient you have. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my periodontal treatment. Kudos to Dr. Parkes and his staff.” Alex S.