Do you have gum disease? You may not even know you have it. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, and it can happen to anyone at any age. That’s why it’s essential to get deep dental cleanings regularly, especially if you are at risk for developing the disease.
We can help. Dolive DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers a particular type of cleaning called “scaling and root planing” or “SRP.” It removes tartar, calculus, and bacteria that cause gum disease. It’s a simple procedure that we can complete in one or two visits, and it’s usually covered by dental insurance.
What is a Dental Deep Cleaning?
Deep cleaning is usually the first step and one of the best methods to treat gum disease, a severe condition. We typically recommend deep cleanings when patients have a particular gum disease stage called periodontitis. A deep cleaning is different from a regular cleaning, which only cleans the surface of the teeth. The goal of deep cleaning is to remove the tartar and plaque from below the gum line and smooth out any rough spots on the tooth roots where bacteria can hide.
How Often Should I Have a Cleaning?
You should get a regular cleaning every six months if you have healthy gums. But if you have periodontal disease, you may need a deep cleaning more often. Your dentist will let you know how often you need to come in for your deep cleaning.
What Happens During Dental Deep Cleanings?
Deep cleanings are usually done in two visits and may require local anesthesia to numb the area. The first visit will involve scaling, which is the process of removing tartar and plaque from the teeth. We use specialized dental tools to carefully remove the material while maximizing your comfort. The second visit will involve root planing. We use a state-of-the-art dental instrument to gently smooth out the roots of the teeth to prevent bacteria from growing there again.
What Should I Do After My Dental Deep Cleaning?
After a deep cleaning, patients will need to take good care of their teeth and gums to prevent gum disease from coming back. Good oral care includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and coming in for regular cleanings and check-ups.
How Much Does it Cost?
Deep cleanings are often covered by dental insurance. The cost will depend on the severity of the gum disease and the number of teeth we need to clean. We can provide estimates of the cost before treatment.
I’m Ready for a Deep Cleaning! Now What?
If you think you may need to come in for a deep cleaning, talk to Dr. Dolive or Dr. Acres. They will be able to determine if you have gum disease and recommend the best course of treatment.
Schedule a Deep Cleaning Appointment Today in Longview
When it comes to oral health, most people focus on taking care of their teeth. However, the gums are just as important. Even people with healthy gums can benefit from occasional deep cleanings.
If you want to keep your smile healthy and bright, look into a deep cleaning. A deep cleaning from our team of experts can prevent and cure gum disease. We use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to get your gums healthy again. You can keep your teeth and gums healthy for years with this simple procedure.
Schedule a free consultation today at Dolive DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. We offer convenient appointment times and payment plans to get the care you need without breaking the bank.