Deep Cleanings

Deep Cleanings

Taking care of your teeth should be a top priority since dental health can have a direct impact on your quality of life. You often hear your dental hygienist and dentist tell you to brush at least twice a day and floss daily. We also encourage patients to return every six months for cleanings and exams so that we can maintain the best care possible.  However, sometimes the patient goes a prolonged period of time between dental cleanings or maybe they have never had a professional dental cleaning. The patient could also have a medical condition that has exaggerated oral side effects. During this time period, plaque and tartar builds up tenaciously along the teeth surfaces and underneath the gum line leading to what’s known as periodontal disease. More than half the population has periodontal disease (gum disease). This is not a fatal disease but rather a slow process by which the teeth slowly loose hard and soft tissues from inflammation caused by bacteria. If gum disease goes untreated or undiagnosed the end result is the patient losing all their remaining teeth due to severe bone loss and infection. How long that process takes varies between patients but it is much more common for a patient to lose their teeth to periodontal disease than to cavities. Mild cases of gum disease have symptoms such as bad breath, yellow teeth caused by plaque build-up, bleeding when brushing, and deep pockets in between teeth under the gums. More severe cases of periodontal disease may have similar symptoms including receding gums, loose teeth, shifting teeth, and/or gum boils. It is important that you get an examination early and frequently in order to stop gum disease from ruining your smile. If you are diagnosed with gum disease, the hygienist will perform what’s called Scaling and Root Planing (SCRP). During this procedure, the tooth is mechanically debrided of the thick plaque and tartar below and above the gum line with an ultrasonic scaler. Depending on how deep the tartar lies below the gum line, anesthesia may need to be used for patient comfort. If there is an overwhelming amount of tartar and deep pockets, the procedure may be broken into multiple visits with anesthesia to ensure a more thorough job, patient comfort, and quality care. Once the initial deep cleaning is complete, the patient will be assigned a customized perio-maintenance recall. This means that they may have to return more frequently than every 6 months because of the likely hood of heavy plaque and tartar build-up. Usually if the patient is compliant with their at-home care, no anesthesia is required for perio-maintenance visits. Don’t delay or prolong your examination any longer, come visit our office to find out how we may prevent or stop your gum disease!


Monday – Closed

Tuesday 10:00am-5:00pm

Wednesday 11:00am-7:00pm

Thursday 11:00am-7:00pm

Friday 8:00am-2:00pm

Saturday – Closed

Sunday – Closed

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Cedar Hill, TX 75104

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