What to Expect During a Dental Deep Cleaning

Wondering if you are in need of a dental deep cleaning instead of a basic dental cleaning? If so, it is likely that your gum health is not as it should be. The fact that gum disease is an inflammatory condition that can negatively affect the gums, as well as the bones supporting the teeth, makes it essential for you to do whatever is possible to ensure your good gum health.

What is a dental deep cleaning?

This type of dental cleaning is performed with the goal of removing any buildup of harmful bacteria, as well as any buildup of plaque and tartar. It is necessary to go underneath the gum line when performing a deep dental cleaning versus staying above the gum line during a basic dental cleaning. A dental professional will use the scaling and root planing technique to perform the deep cleaning procedure, which often takes anywhere between two and four hours to complete.

What to expect during a dental deep cleaning

The following is what someone can expect when undergoing a dental deep cleaning in order to improve their oral health.

A local anesthetic may be used

While a local anesthetic is often used on patients in order to reduce any discomfort that may occur during the dental cleaning procedure, not every dental patient will need to have a local anesthetic. If it has been determined that a patient does not need a local anesthetic but they start to feel any discomfort or pain, they can request an anesthetic. Anesthesia is especially beneficial for those who experience dental anxiety.

Scaling and root planing

The first part of the deep cleaning process is the scaling procedure, also known as subgingival cleaning. This requires a dental professional to remove all of the plaque, tartar and calculus buildup that is present, which is necessary in order to get rid of all of the harmful bacteria in the mouth. The second part of the process is the root planing procedure, which is used to help smooth out the surface of the roots of the teeth, as this helps the receding gums heal.


Antibiotics are often used in order to treat gum disease, and this part of the process is necessary to ensure that any lingering harmful bacteria is completely removed from the mouth. An anti-bacterial spray or an antibiotic cream is often used to finish the deep dental cleaning process when it has been determined that the patient is in need of such.

Ready to make a deep cleaning appointment?

If your periodontal health is at risk, the sooner you make an appointment to undergo a deep cleaning, the better. Whether it is simply difficult for you to find the time to have regular dental cleanings or you are someone who experiences dental fear or dental anxiety, our dental team is one that fully understands and can therefore help you. Contact us today so you can get started on the path back to good oral health.

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