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There are several areas in our body that need extra protection; among them are our kidneys, lungs, heart and brain. Other areas that need protection include our eyes, teeth, hands and/or feet.
Thanks to the advancements in technology, surgical or non-surgical procedures have become easier and safer than ever before. Having healthy gums is important; remember that our gums are an essential organ for maintaining and holding teeth in their place; however, if bacteria begin to grow it can lead to gum disease. To prevent this, dentists have developed several techniques; one of these is: Deep Cleaning.
Why Scaling and Root Planing is Done
Scaling and Root Planing is another name for Deep Cleaning. This occurs when gums have pulled away from teeth or its roots; leaving you at risk of having bacteria build-up and develop numerous of oral diseases.
For this dental procedure, your dentist will first examine your gums and determine which treatment option is best to clean your gums and remove tartar and plaque from the surface of the teeth. After the examination, the dentist will apply local anesthetic to numb your gums, mouth and surrounding before deep cleaning begins.
Dentists use this procedure because it is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease, before bacteria build-up becomes too severe.
Through the use of scalers, your dentist will scrap rough spots located in your teeth and gum line; these hard spots are smoothen, providing the gum line a clean surface. Through this clean, bacteria-free surface, gums can re-attach to the teeth.
In some cases, plaque has hardens and becomes tartar, this is a severe problem that many elderly folks encounter; to remove it your dentist could use an ultrasonic instrument.
The ultrasonic scalers will allow your periodontist to clean deep under the gums and on the neck of the tooth. Ultrasonic cleaners will force plaque and tartar off your teeth through its vibrations and if any debris is still present it can be removed with the use of a water irrigation system. Read and learn how a water jet in our post: Hydro Flossing.
The steps and procedures mentioned in this post are procedures available in the medical field; however, not all these treatments and procedures are perform at Sani Dental Group. To confirm if this procedure is perform at our dental clinics, please contact us directly.
Risks Involve in Deep Cleaning
Our dental clinic in Los Algodones offers our patients many treatment options to protect and clean your gums.
Like any other procedure Deep Cleaning could have risks; but with their skills, our dentists will reduce all the risks involved with this dental procedure.
Some of the possible risks involved in Deep Cleaning surgery are:
- Gum infection
- Introduction of harmful bacteria into the bloodstream
- Endocarditis (patients with certain heart problems)
- Recent major surgeries (artificial joints/hip or heart valve)
Remember, you have no reason to fear this procedure, if you maintain good dental care afterwards, your gums will return to normal and once again be a healthy pink color.
To prevent and reduce risk of infection follow the dentist instructions and the post-treatment recommendation he will offer.
After Treatment Recommendations
As we mentioned, during this procedure the dentist will use local anesthesia a common side-effect patient’s feel is that their lips and gums remain numb for a few hours.
To reduce this sensation Sani Dental Group dentists offer their patients a few tips; our dentists will use their years of experience to explain to their patients how to reduce uncomfortable sensations, these are some post treatment recommendation we offer:
- If experiencing pain, taking pain killers will relieve the pain and most are sold without a prescription.
- Keep cold towels or an ice pack near to avoid swelling and inflammation.
- Drink plenty of water during the next 24 hours after treatment.
- In the morning following the treatment; rinse your mouth with warm salt water, repeat this action several times during the day.
- Another step you should take is to brush your teeth gently with fluorine toothpaste, removing the plaque that has begun to form.
Sani Dental Group wants our patients to experience the best dental service they ever had; our facilities are equipped with the newest technologies and we want you to leave our dental clinic with a great smile.
Visit the city of Los Algodones, where our team of dentists will do everything possible to satisfy all your oral needs and always have a beautiful smile.