A deep cleaning is our primary way of helping patients with mild to moderate gum disease, which is an infection of the gums, roots of the teeth, and the bone that supports them. A deep cleaning actually involves two separate techniques known as scaling and root planing.
For scaling, an ultrasonic cleaner is used to break up and remove any plaque and tartar buildup located along/below the gum line, and root planing will involve gently smoothening the roots of the teeth. This will make plaque less likely to gather on them in the future, which will lower a patient’s chances of redeveloping gum disease.
A complete scaling and root planing treatment can usually be completed over the course of one to four visits to our office depending on the extent of a patient’s gum disease. Afterward, we may choose to have them use antibiotics to further fight the infection as well as recommend additional regular maintenance in the future.