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How Long Does a Deep Dental Cleaning Procedure Take?
A deep dental cleaning procedure takes on average less than an hour and does not require any sedation. Continue reading to learn what happens during a deep dental cleaning. While it can seem intimidating for many patients, learning the basics about a deep dental cleaning procedure can help you mentally and physically prepare for your appointment.
Here is what you need to know about deep dental cleaning procedures
Deep dental cleanings are a common procedure for people that have a more severe case of gum disease. The procedure involves cleaning beneath the gum line, whereas a regular cleaning only involves cleaning the teeth and along the gum line. The following is a more detailed look at what the deep dental cleaning procedure involves.
What is a deep dental cleaning?
A deep dental cleaning, also called gum scaling and root planing, is a minimally invasive dental procedure that involves cleaning beneath the gum line. There are two parts to the deep dental cleaning process — scaling and root planing. Scaling involves reaching below the gum line to remove plaque and tartar build-up that has led to a more severe form of gum disease. The planing process involves removing plaque and tartar on the surface of teeth.
Deep dental cleanings are primarily for patients with periodontitis
Deep dental cleaning is similar to regular cleaning in that it removes plaque and tartar on teeth and along the gum line, but it goes a step further in cleaning beneath the gum line. This is not necessary for patients with healthy teeth and gums. Instead, it is primarily for patients with periodontitis, which is a more severe form of gum disease (compared to gingivitis which is not quite as severe).
The process for a deep dental cleaning takes on average 30 minutes to an hour
The average time it takes to complete a deep dental cleaning procedure is around 45 minutes. During the procedure, the dentist or hygienist cleans one quadrant at a time, starting with scaling and then root planing. Some dentists may recommend two separate visits to perform the procedure (two quadrants the first visit, followed by two the second visit).
Patients typically recover within a few hours after a deep dental cleaning
The recovery time for a deep dental cleaning procedure is short, and most patients are able to eat the way they desire within a few hours (although sugar should be avoided for the first day). The dentist may provide mouthwash for the patient to use once or twice a day to help fight gum disease and strengthen the gums.
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If you have questions or concerns about deep dental cleanings or your periodontal health in general, then call our practice today. We can answer your questions and set up a convenient time for you to visit with us and determine the status of your oral health and the best course of action for you to achieve ideal gum and teeth health in the long term.
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