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What to Expect during a Deep Cleaning Treatment

Deep cleaning is one of the best ways to fight gum disease, and depending on the level of disease, a thorough deep cleaning may require more than one visit. Let’s explore the symptoms of gum disease and what happens during and after a deep cleaning treatment.

What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

  • Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. At this stage, the condition is usually painless, but you might notice redness, swelling, and light bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth.
  • Periodontitis is gingivitis left untreated. Symptoms include but are not limited to loose teeth and eventual tooth loss.

What Happens During Deep Cleaning?

A deep gum cleaning is usually performed under a local anesthetic. Our caring Doylestown dentist will make sure you’re relaxed and comfortable during the entire procedure.

Tarter and plaque hidden in the pockets of your gums will be gently scaled and removed by your hygienist. The root surfaces are then smoothed and planed, which allows the tissues to mend and reattach to your teeth and prevent future plaque and bacteria buildup.

Your dentist will finish the treatment by using medicated irrigation to clean your mouth and help prevent infection.

What Happens After a Deep Dental Cleaning?

It can take up to three hours for numbing anesthesia to wear off. Until it does, it’s best not to chew because you can accidentally bite your tongue, lips or cheeks.

Your gums may feel slightly sore for a few days following treatment. Sometimes, your dentist will recommend rinsing with warm salt water.

Do I Need a Deep Cleaning Treatment?

Gum disease isn’t always obvious, especially in the early stages. Because of this, it’s essential to visit your dentist regularly for routine examinations. Your dentist will recognize the signs of gum disease and the need for deep cleaning.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact Doylestown Dental Group today.