DEEP CLEANING AND ROOT PLANING
Gingival and periodontal diseases have been affecting people for all eternity. Whenever your gums are not in their peak condition, then having a deep cleaning or root planing treatment is the perfect way to restore your gums back to full health.
How Do I know If I Need Deep Cleaning?
If you need deep clean treatment, your gums will typically be swollen, have inflammation, bleeding, and you may experience recession (shrinking) of gums, and/or your teeth will be loose.
How Does Deep Clean Work?
Phase 1: The dentist will first need to remove any tartar manually from under the gum line and along the tooth.
If you do not see a dentist to do so, then there is a chance your tooth may be lost.
Usually, deep cleans take longer than a regular appointment. They typically also need more than one appointment also. This is to be able to treat your gums and restore them back to optimum health.
Phase 2: if you require deep cleaning for phase 2 your dentist will let you know. This usually occurs when your symptoms are more intense. It will require a more intense and tailored treatment.
According to the Australian Dental Association & the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice, deep cleaning is the gold standard for treating gum disease.
Gingival, also known as Gingivitis, is a gum disease while it’s still in the earliest stages. It usually occurs due to a build-up of plaque or bacteria on and between your teeth.
This leads to the gums becoming irritated and inflamed. Luckily, gingivitis can be reversible with regular 6-month checkups and cleans, as well as by practising good oral hygiene routine.
Gingival diseases fall into two main categories
Dental plaque: these gingival diseases are caused by systemic factors, plaque, malnutrition, or medications.
Non-plaque : These are gingival induced lesions and can be caused by a partícula virus, bacterium, or fungus.
It is also possible to be caused by systemic conditions (such as certain illnesses or allergic reactions), genetic factors, reactions to foreign bodies like dentures, or wounds. In certain cases, there is no certain cause.
The bad news about Periodontal disease is that unfortunately, it is not reversible. When gingivitis is not treated, it then progresses to Periodontal disease, which is a severe gum disease stage. This leads to the gums pulling away from teeth. They form gaps known as ‘pockets,’ which leads to infection. Another problem is that it often caused the bone structure around your tooth to break down.
WHY DO SOME PATIENTS NEED A 2 PHASE DEEP CLEAN?
If you have any of the following symptoms or signs, then you may be required to have a two-phase deep clean.
– Extensive tartar build up
– Bleeding heavy
– Puffy, inflamed gums
– Tooth mobility
– Bone loss
Our experienced Oral Health Therapist will make an assessment and may recommend you return an additional time for a specialised hygiene appointment.
This may be due to you needing extra care, time, and steps to return your teeth and gums back to their optimum health, which the two-phase deep clean option will be able to do.
A deep clean has two separate visits. Each one takes approximately one hour. The first one is to have cleaning of tartar build up along the root surface and below the gum-line.
However, if you have heavy staining, then an air flow polishing treatment will also be required. This will be able to fight any tough and stubborn stains.