Deep Cleaning

If you have been told that you need to have a deep cleaning performed, you may be wondering what it is and why it actually needs to take place. A deep cleaning is better known as root scaling and planing, but it may only be called SRP. Dr. Luu will recommend a deep cleaning when gum disease is present in your mouth. In fact, patients who have active gum disease will need to receive this treatment to stop the infection and start the healing process.

When gum disease is considered active, it will create deep pockets that are present between the gums and the teeth along with bone loss, tooth loss, gum inflammation, and bleeding in the mouth. It is important that you receive quality Brentwood dental care if you think that you may have any form of gum disease.

When it comes down to it, there are a couple of different stages of gum disease that you may have. The first stage is known as gingivitis and is one of the most popular forms. Many people have gingivitis and they never even know about it until it is too late. This form of gum disease occurs when plaque is allowed to harden on the teeth and is not removed. Once the plaque hardens, it is known a tartar and it irritates and infects the gums.

If you do not remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, gingivitis will turn into periodontitis and this is a more advanced form of gum disease. Many patients do live with periodontitis and they do not know it. In fact, Dr. Luu has seen patients who have the disease that never even realized there was a problem.

Once periodontal disease is present, your gums are infected and will begin to detach themselves from your teeth. This detachment creates pockets. The deeper the pocket is, the more advanced your gum disease is. Once the pockets are too deep, the infection and bacteria will be able to eat away at your bone and cause tooth loss.

If you are required to have a deep cleaning, you may have already experienced some mild bone loss. To determine how much of your bone has truly been lost, an x-ray will need to be performed. Dr. Luu can then look at the x-ray and tell you the status of your condition. Patients who have healthy gums will notice that there is a portion of the tooth that is visible and the whole root is buried within the bone. When only a partial root is buried in the bone, gum disease is present and bone loss has occurred. Once teeth become mobile in your mouth, there is not enough bone to support the tooth, which leads to loss of the tooth.

If you think you need to have a deep cleaning performed, it is important to have it done quickly. We invite you to come to our Brentwood office to start the process now and prevent any further infections.

What to Expect at Your Periodontal Evaluation in Brentwood

When you come into our Brentwood dental office, we will use a special tool to measure the pocket depth between your gums and teeth. The depth of the pocket will determine how advanced your gum disease is. Any pocket that measures less than four millimeters is considered to be good. Anything above four millimeters is considered to be gum disease that needs to be treated.

The evaluation of the pocket depth will be conducted individually for each tooth and is measured in six different spots. Depths of five millimeters or more is said to be moderate gum disease and depths of six or more millimeters is considered to be an advanced form of gum disease. Deep cleanings are required for patients with depths of these measurements.

The procedure is not considered to be painful, but it can cause some discomfort. Patients will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area where the procedure will be performed. Typically, the lower teeth are done together and then the upper teeth will be done, which means you will need to come in for two different appointments. Each visit takes about an hour and you will need to have regular checkups performed more often than every six months.

/ Recommended Treatments from Dr. Luu

Dr. Luu will recommend a treatment for you to follow up your deep cleaning with. This treatment will either be in the form of a mouthwash or medication.

The first option is Peridex. This is a prescription mouthwash that is given to the patient who has a deep cleaning performed. This mouthwash works to remove and kill any leftover bacteria in the mouth. This product will be used for 7 to 10 days after the treatment and should be used consistently. This mouthwash is considered to be an antimicrobial that will destroy the cell of the bacteria and end its lifecycle.

The second treatment option is for Arestin, which is a prescription medication that will be administered to patients with depths of six millimeters or more. The medication is placed directly into the pocket and will kill the bacteria that is present. Each does of the medication contains a small pellet with a powdered substance inside. The pellet is placed in the hole and will dissolve to kill the bacteria. In addition, the powder will help re-adhere your gums and teeth together.

/ Schedule Your Deep Cleaning Appointment or Consultation with Us

If you think you may have gum disease, now is the time to speak with Dr. Luu. He will be able to look over your teeth and determine if you have gum disease. If you do have an active form, you will need to receive treatment right away to stop the spread of infection to other areas of your mouth.

At Fairview Dental, we have the proper equipment and tools needed to ensure your deep cleaning procedure goes smooth and does not cause you any discomfort. Call Fairview Dental in Brentwood today.