If you do a great job of staying current on your dental exams and dental cleanings, you’re probably used to the “standard” cleaning that your hygienist performs. This dental cleaning typically lasts about 30 minutes and doesn’t require anesthesia or special follow-up care.
These standard teeth cleanings are the norm for most patients, and the odds are they are the only type of cleaning you’ve ever had. For some patients, however, this treatment is not enough. If you find yourself with inflamed gums or other periodontal disease signs, it may be time for a deep dental cleaning.
These deep cleanings, also known as “scaling and root planing,” involve your dental team thoroughly cleaning the tooth surface underneath the gum line. Deep cleanings become necessary when a buildup of tartar gets beneath your gums and causes painful and dangerous swelling or infection.
During a deep cleaning, your Aurora, IL dentist or dental hygienist will numb the section(s) of your mouth they are working on before using special instruments to remove all traces of plaque and calculus from your teeth.
Then, they will smooth your tooth roots’ surfaces to help restore your smile to good health. Your dentist may request that you come back for follow-up cleanings soon, and they may also choose to prescribe a round of antibiotics to discourage bacterial growth or infections while your mouth heals.
If you need to schedule a dental exam and dental cleaning, our dental office is open on Saturdays for your convenience! We also have treatment staff members on site who speak Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin.