The Differences Between Routine Dental Cleaning and Deep Dental Cleaning

May 16, 2016

Cleaning of the teeth is an important aspect of every person’s life. Not only is it good for enabling you to have a super smile with fresh breath, but also it helps in preventing various gum diseases that occur and can lead to loss of teeth and other dental problems. Choosing the type of dental cleaning […]

Cleaning of the teeth is an important aspect of every person’s life. Not only is it good for enabling you to have a super smile with fresh breath, but also it helps in preventing various gum diseases that occur and can lead to loss of teeth and other dental problems.

Choosing the type of dental cleaning that is best suited is a decision that your dentist  or hygienist will make based on the presence of tartar, plaque or teeth stains. Whether the dentist advises routine dental cleaning or deep dental cleaning after assessing your teeth, it is best to be aware of what both entail when it comes to dental cleaning in Duncraig.

Purpose

Regular cleaning, sometimes referred to as prophylaxis, is usually a preventive process that dentists usually recommend to patients who have tartar, plaque and stains that have developed in the teeth. This is common for those who have  gingivitis, also called gum or periodontal disease.

Unlike regular cleaning, deep cleaning is usually advisable when the patient has signs of gum disease. The signs will range from loss of bone around teeth, loose teeth, bad breath, bleeding gums, deeper gum pockets, plaque accumulation and tartar forming beneath the gums.

Duration

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Regular dental cleaning is usually out twice in a year for those who have generally good dental hygiene. If the gum inflammation is in excess, it may be advisable to have it every 3-4 months to be on the safe side. On the other hand, deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planning or periodontal treatment is usually done in phases due to the deep pockets and large rough root areas. This means the dentist might work on the upper level of the mouth today and on the next appointment which might be a week later on the lower level. This is to enable easier management of the treatment.

Cost

The cost of the teeth cleaning treatment usually is determined by the type. Regular cleaning is  cheaper as compared to deep cleaning . Deep cleaning can at times cost as much as three times the cost of regular cleaning. Whichever the case, failure to practice proper dental hygiene through brushing and flossing can also make that routine checkup a costly affair if you need deep cleaning.

Treatment Results

The treatments from both regular cleaning and deep cleaning usually have different results. Regular cleaning treatment is usually meant to clear plaque, calculus and debris removal above the gum line.  With deep cleaning, the treatment usually ensures that the root of the tooth is smoothened and shaped well to remove bacteria. Also, it is done to remove plaque, debris, calculus, and bacteria below the gum line. This often necessitates using a local anesthetic for numbing and sometimes antibiotics may need to be taken afterwards.

Cleaning of the teeth is very essential to all people. When it is not done often enough, it can result in loss of teeth and gum disease. There are studies that have shown that people with moderate or extensive gum disease also tend to be more at risk of heart disease, diabetes and strokes. Therefore, to avoid all these problems, it is advisable to seek advice from your dentist to determine whether you need deep dental cleaning or regular teeth cleaning to maintain your dental hygiene.

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