A deep cleaning is necessary for people who have deep enough tartar buildup for the gums to become infected. The gums become red, puffy, and infected and can be extremely painful. They might even bleed when you brush and floss. Your gums will look like they have receded. 

Unlike your regular teeth cleaning, a deep cleaning focuses more on the outer surface of your teeth’s roots and under the gumline. This procedure isn’t as painless as regular cleaning and usually warrants a local anesthetic to numb your gums. 

A deep cleaning will help your gums heal and prevent uncomfortable and unhealthy infections. This procedure is also called periodontal scaling because the surface of the teeth are scaled, or scraped, by a special tool. This tool scrapes the plaque away from both above and below the gumline. 

Next, your dentist will perform root planning, massaging the roots with the special tool to flush trapped bacteria. Your gums will be a little sore after the procedure and might bleed when brushing. Sensitivity is normal.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, contact us today to schedule an appointment.