Deep Cleaning, or Scaling & Root Planing
A deep cleaning (aka, periodontal cleaning, or scaling/root planing), is similar to a regular dental cleaning. The purpose of both is to professionally remove bacteria-laden plaque and tartar from your teeth. The difference, however, is that periodontal cleaning involves clearing away the plaque and tartar from your teeth’s roots, which rest underneath your gums.
If allowed to remain, the bacteria that migrate and collect underneath your gums can quickly infect the tissues, leading to gingivitis and eventually gum disease. Scaling and root planing helps prevent the onset of gum disease, even if gingivitis has already begun to develop.
Ultrasonic Deep Cleanings
Since a deep cleaning involves accessing your teeth’s roots under your gums, the procedure is slightly more extensive than a regular cleaning, and may require more than one visit. To make the procedure more comfortable and less time-consuming, we utilize ultrasonic technology to break up plaque and tartar, rather than a scraping utensil.
If gum disease has already developed, then Dr. Browne might recommend periodontal treatment at the hands of a specialist (periodontist) following your deep cleaning. Gum disease is one of the more destructive dental health issues, and is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Therefore, preventing and treating it is vital to maintaining your healthy, natural smile.
Fight Gingivitis with Ultrasonic Deep Cleaning
if gingivitis develops, then protect your smile with ultrasonic deep cleaning and regular dental maintenance. To find out if you need deep cleaning, schedule an appointment by calling Dr. Browne’s dental office in Prairie Village, KS, today at (913) 901-8585. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Leawood, Mission Hills, Lenxa, Kansas City, Olathe, and all surrounding communities.