What is a Deep Cleaning?

At Rancho Dental, our goal is to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime. This is where preventative dentistry comes into play. It all starts with an exam which will enable Dr. Perry to identify what your specific dental needs are.

Why do you need a deep cleaning?

The Doctor and his Registered Dental Hygienists will come up with a personalized plan for your cleaning. The type of cleaning, a general or deep cleaning, depends on your periodontal health. This is the health of your gums and bone.

Whether or not you have healthy gums and bone is determined primarily when the doctor measures your gums. He does so with an instrument that looks like a miniature ruler. It is recommended that the depth measurement from the top of the gumline to where it attaches to the tooth should only be 1 to 3 millimeters. However, if the probe measures a depth beyond this, it shows your gums are not healthy. In other words, this means the pockets in your gum tissue are inflamed as a result of built up bacteria. As a result, your gums pull away from your teeth, allowing the probe instrument to go deeper.

Deep Cleaning

If this is the case, Dr. Perry will recommend you to have a deep cleaning. This cleaning is termed as Scaling and Root Planing. This procedure involves the removal of all plaque, bacteria, and tartar build up from the surfaces of your teeth and root surfaces. Then, the rough surfaces of your tooth’s roots will be smoothed which prevents more build up from readhering to your teeth. A deep cleaning is often performed with anesthesia to prevent discomfort. Additionally, depending on the severity of your periodontal disease (gum disease), your recare visit can range from every two, three, four, or six months.

If you have any questions about your deep cleaning, do not hesitate to give us a call. Our knowledgeable staff will answer all of your questions and concerns.

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29746 Rancho California Rd
Temecula, CA 92591

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