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Deep Cleaning vs. Regular Cleaning – How Do They Differ?

Dental deep cleaning vs regular cleaning
August 03, 2018

According to the CDC, nearly half of those in the U.S. who are 30 years or older have the chronic periodontal disease (i.e., gum disease); however, the majority of these individuals only need to have a professional dental cleaning performed to address the problem.

Canoga Park General and Preventive Care: A Basic Cleaning

The Tools Used During a Basic Dental Cleaning

The hygienist will use a variety of tools during your cleaning. These tools include hook-like instruments that have a pointed tip (i.e., scalers), small mirrors that allow the dental hygienist to see the backside of your teeth, a small water hose for rinsing your mouth, a tooth polisher, pleasant tasting tooth polish, dental floss and a suction hose.

A Basic Cleaning: What to Expect

When you visit your dentist in Canoga Park CA, you will sit in a comfortable chair and the dental hygienist sits in a chair at the side of or directly behind your head. Using a scaler, the dental hygienist gently works off the plaque and tartar that has built up on your teeth. You may experience bleeding gums, slight discomfort or sensitivity during the cleaning.

Once your teeth have been cleaned, the hygienist will floss (to remove any loosened bits of tartar or plaque) and then polish them. The polish feels like a gummy sand. It is placed on a tool that quickly rotates, as it is placed on your tooth, it gently rubs off any remaining tarter and polishes the enamel. Once you rinse, your teeth will feel slick and smooth.

A Deep Cleaning: Scaling and Root Planing

A deep cleaning is recommended when there is an excessive buildup of tartar and bacteria beneath the gum line. A deep cleaning is a two-step Canoga Park dental service that may involve the use of a metal scaling tool, a laser or an ultrasonic instrument.

Deep Cleaning and Scaling

When deep cleaning and scaling is performed, the hygienist removes the tartar and bacteria that have built up beneath the gum line, along with the surface of a tooth. This procedure may be performed using laser or ultrasonic instruments, or manually with a metal scaling tool.

Root Planing

This procedure is used to thoroughly remove plaque buildup. Root Planing is typically performed using an ultrasonic device designed to vibrate the plaque off the surface. Once the plaque is loosened, the hygienist uses a tool with a small, fine blade (i.e., curette) to remove the plaque.

The hygienist irrigates the entire area using an antibiotic medication. In addition, an oral antibiotic may be prescribed. Most patients return for a follow-up appointment. Your dentist uses this appointment to make sure that you are healing well and the gum infection has cleared up completely.

After your dental cleaning or deep cleaning, your dentist in Canoga Park CA, examines your mouth to determine if there are any issues that need to be addressed.

If you need dental care, contact The Dental Cottage. We provide individuals in and around Canoga Park with General and Preventative Dental Care. Dr. Morjgan Sheikhavandi and her staff are dedicated to providing their patients with the high-quality care they deserve. Contact us today at 818.888.3187 to schedule your appointment.