Deep cleanings (SRP), treat and manage periodontal disease.
A deep cleaning, also called scaling and root planing, is a type of dental cleaning that is used to treat gum disease (periodontal disease). This treatment is typically recommended for patients with advanced gum disease, where the infection has spread below the gum line and into the roots of the teeth.
During a deep cleaning, a dental hygienist will use specialized tools to remove plaque, tartar, and other debris from the teeth and gums, going deeper below the gum line than a regular cleaning. The roots of the teeth are then smoothed to help remove any rough or uneven surfaces where bacteria can accumulate.
The deep cleaning process may take longer than a regular cleaning, and may be performed over multiple appointments depending on the severity of the gum disease. Patients may also be given local anesthesia to help manage any discomfort during the procedure.
After a deep cleaning, patients may be instructed to follow a specific oral hygiene routine, including regular brushing and flossing, to help prevent further gum disease. They may also need to come in for more frequent cleanings, called periodontal maintenances, to help manage the condition.
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