What is deep teeth cleaning?
Greenpoint, Brooklyn deep teeth cleaning focuses on removing bacteria, plaque, and tartar located below your gum line on your tooth roots; a normal teeth cleaning removes buildup that’s above the gum line. A deep teeth cleaning is also known as dental scaling and root planing. You might need a deep cleaning throughout your entire mouth or in a few localized areas. We may split a full-mouth deep cleaning into two to four appointments.
Preparing for deep teeth cleaning
We use a local anesthetic to make sure you’re comfortable during your Greenpoint, Brooklyn deep teeth cleaning.
The process for deep teeth cleaning
Once your mouth is numb, we use a small dental tool to remove the tartar that’s below your gum line. If you have tartar that is difficult to reach, we’ll use an ultrasonic device. An ultrasonic device vibrates and sprays water or antibacterial mouth rinse to dislodge hardened build-up from your teeth. Sometimes we also administer localized antibiotics in deep pockets if we notice signs of infection.
If your Greenpoint, Brooklyn deep teeth cleaning requires multiple appointments, we’ll focus on one side or quadrant of your mouth at each appointment. After your initial deep cleaning is completed, you’ll return 6 to 8 weeks later for a re-evaluation so we can examine your gums to make sure that they’re responding appropriately and healing.
What to expect after deep teeth cleaning
You’re allowed to eat and drink like normal after a Greenpoint, Brooklyn deep teeth cleaning. It’s normal for your gums to feel a little sore, but this should subside within a few days. Warm salt water rinses and over-the-counter pain medications (like ibuprofen or acetaminophen) help soothe the gums after a deep cleaning.
After your re-evaluation visit, we will recommend that you come in for gum maintenance visits (also called periodontal maintenance appointments (PMAs)) every 3 to 4 months. This is essential for maintaining your gum health after deep cleanings because the bacteria that cause gum disease can regrow within this time frame.
How does deep teeth cleaning improve your oral health?
Tartar that builds up in the pockets located between the gums and teeth puts you at risk of gum disease. Untreated gum disease can cause a serious dental infection or even lead to tooth loss. Gum disease damages your mouth’s soft tissue and bone, eventually causing your teeth to loosen or fall out because they’re no longer held in place by your bone and gums. Deep teeth cleaning in Greenpoint, Brooklyn removes this plaque and tartar so that it can’t impact your teeth, gums, or bone.
What are the benefits of deep teeth cleaning?
Patients experience many benefits with a deep teeth cleaning:
Reduces bad breath
If you feel like you frequently have bad breath, a deep teeth cleaning will remove tartar and bacteria beneath your gum line that can cause problematic mouth odor.
Protects your teeth
A deep teeth cleaning removes plaque and tartar from the roots of your teeth. This ensures that the bacteria don’t damage your teeth’s roots or cause an infection.
Slows or stops the progression of gum disease
We use deep teeth cleaning to slow or halt the progression of gum disease by removing the bacteria and buildup that’s affecting your gum health.
Teeth Cleaning (Deep)
Deep teeth cleaning removes buildup and tartar on your teeth and around your gums. We recommend deep teeth cleanings for patients who have gone a long time without a basic dental cleaning or who show signs of periodontal (gum) disease.
Other related treatments.
Our preventive dental treatments are designed to maintain and improve your overall health.
Alleviate pain and repair your damaged or diseased tooth.
Reduce the risk of injuries to the teeth, lips, and tongue.
Minimize clenching or teeth grinding while you sleep.
A physical examination to look for signs of cancer.
Oral Cancer Screening
An assessment and recommendations to support your oral wellness.
Maintains straight teeth after treatment with clear aligners.
Maintains clean teeth to prevent cavities and gum disease.
Teeth Cleaning (Regular)
Eliminate oral health problems caused by wisdom teeth.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Our philosophy for dentistry is simple and straightforward. We aim to provide care that is in your best interest. This means we are transparent and non judgemental, kind and empathetic. We have multiple specialists in house as we feel that this is the best way to provide comprehensive care to our patients.
Our office is relaxing and spa-like because let's face it, no one loves going to the dentist. We're trying to change that by providing a soothing environment for oral care.
Dr. Vicky Athanasiou
Founder, General Dentist