Deep Cleaning

When plague and tartar are on your teeth it creates an optimal environment for bacteria to thrive. When this occurs, the irritation caused by the bacteria may cause your gums to bleed easier; this is an early stage of the gum disease known as gingivitis. If you suffer from this ailment, you must see your dental hygienist or dentist in order to have your teeth professionally cleaned. If gingivitis is not treated properly, the inflammation will wind its way down to the foundations of your teeth and cause periodontal pockets; where the bacteria tend s to cause even more damage.


Gum disease breaks down the bone structures of the teeth and eventually loosens them. However, unless the damage is very severe, there are usually no symptoms. In addition, the damage that is cause to the support structures of the teeth cannot be reversed. However, if it is caught in time, the progression can be halted and reversed with a deep cleaning.


Although a deep cleaning sounds like something that should be done if you missed a couple of visits to the dentist’s office, it actually is a specific procedure that helps to treat periodontal and gum disease.When you go the dentist, the dental hygienist uses a probe to measure the area around your teeth so see if you have any pockets i.e. space between the gums and your teeth where bacteria can form. Ideally health pockets will be no more than 3 millimeters deep. If you have pockets that are bigger i.e. 5 millimeters, your dentist may recommend that you schedule a root planing and/or deep scaling appointment with the dental hygienist.

Root Planing and Deep Scaling In the dental world, deep cleaning is known as scaling and root planining. There is some confusion concerning the difference between root planing and scaling because they are similar and are usually performed at the same time. However, these two procedures are different; scaling removes dental tartar from the surfaces of the teeth and root planing cleans the root surfaces and removes any infection.Both procedures will require at least two visits. In addition, a follow up visit might be necessary in order to ensure that your teeth and gums are free of pockets and that they are getting healthier.


After the deep cleaning is done, the pockets and bacteria should be removed; which will lead to healthier gums in a couple of weeks. However, if (after three months) your gums are not healthier, you will need to schedule a consultation with a periodontist to determine if further treatment is necessary.In addition, it is important to note that, there may be some discomfort after the procedures. Some common issues include increased sensitivity, light bleed, and you may need painkillers.

Are you looking for quality dental care? You should consider employing the services of Dr. Mher Grigoryan.  This dental specialists is among the best in Pasadena and will treat you with the respect and care that you deserve.