Some patients who have not been under dental care for a period of time may require a deep periodontal cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing to stop the advancement of gum disease.
This procedure removes calculus and any inflamed tissues above and below the gum line. Signs that you might need a deep cleaning include bleeding gums, receding gums, and loose teeth. Depending on the severity of periodontal disease, our dentists may recommend completing the process in multiple steps to ensure your comfort. Most deep periodontal cleaning appointments last about an hour and are done without any type of anesthesia. Deeper cleanings may require you to be numb for your comfort. You might experience some sensitivity and swelling of gums after your deep periodontal cleaning.