Deep Teeth Cleaning in Long Island City, NY
If you've been skipping your biannual dental check ups, you may be in for a surprise at your next dental check up. Gingivitis can progress into a more advanced stage called Periodontitis. What that means for you is that a regular cleaning may be insufficient, you may need a deep teeth cleaning instead.
What is a deep teeth cleaning?
A deep teeth cleaning is a regular cleaning plus more. Most notably it includes scaling and root planing of the teeth.
Essentially your dentist or hygienist will clean deeper underneath the gum line to remove all of the hard tartar build up and not just what can be seen above the gums.
Due to the procedure being deeper and more thorough, your dentist may opt to give you local anesthesia in order to make it more comfortable. Some patients are able to tolerate it without any dental numbing but others may require it.
If your teeth happen to be extra sensitive you'll definitely need the additional anesthesia.
Signs you may need a deep teeth cleaning
The most obvious signs would be pain, bleeding, or swelling that is coming from your gums. The chances of you needing a deep dental cleaning only increases the longer that you haven't been to the dentist.
Here is a visual guide by our dentists in Long Island City of some signs and symptoms of potentially needing one:
How we can help you
Our dentists fight gum disease all day long, whether it is gingivitis or periodontitis. We can get your gums to stop bleeding and eliminate all of that tartar. Your mouth will be healthy and feeling brand new by the time you finish your deep teeth cleaning in Long island City.
What to expect for your deep teeth cleaning in Long island City
Depending on your comfort level and tolerance for the procedure. You may need to be numb and you may need to split the procedure into two separate visits.
Administer local anesthesia if needed.
Remove all of the tartar with an ultrasonic scaler that vibrates at 40,000 rpm.
Revise with hand scalers for better tactile sensation to get every last piece of calclulus.
Rinse out your mouth.
Polish your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste.
Rinse out one last time!
Additional Info On Deep Teeth Cleanings
Is a deep cleaning necessary?
If you are wondering if you can "get away" with just a regular cleaning, you'd be sorely mistaken because a normal teeth cleaning will only clean above the gum line, which means that all of the tartar underneath will be left as is. If the tartar remains on the root of your teeth untouched, the gums will stay permanently inflamed. They will continue to bleed whenever you brush and floss your teeth.
This means that your gum disease has not been treated at all, which is not good because periodontitis which is the advanced stage of gingivitis affects more than just your gums. The inflammation spreads to the bone surrounding the teeth and actually causes bone inflammation. When the bone is inflamed, you start losing bone around your teeth which would make the teeth start to feel loose.
Periodontitis is a gum AND bone disease. Yes, it is a serious condition that needs to be treated promptly. One of the symptoms of periodontitis is loose teeth so if you notice any teeth feeling wiggly, you should make an appointment with our one of our dentist in long island city as soon as possible so that you can stop the inflammation from spreading in your mouth. You could end up losing all of your teeth!
Please be mindful that if you do get a teeth cleaning, your teeth may be sensitive afterwards.
Can periodontitis be cured?
Periodontitis can be treated and managed but it cannot be cured. The reason it cannot be cured is because it can always return even after being treated. There is also the fact that once your gums and bones get damaged from gum disease, the damage is permanent. You cannot naturally regrow your gums nor your bone.
In order to manage periodontitis, you need to get a cleaning more often than individuals with just gingivitis. The recommended teeth cleaning frequency by our LIC dentist for someone with advanced gum disease is usually every 3-4 months instead of the usual 6 months.
The importance of the 3-4 month interval is due to the fact that plaque and tartar will not start causing permanent damage until around the 5-6 month mark so you want to have all of the plaque removed prior to that point.
If you are a victim suffering from periodontitis, you will have to be more vigilant and diligent with your oral hygiene routine. Periodontitis is a chronic disease similar to high blood pressure and diabetes where they will need to be permanently managed throughout the rest of your life! Our team of dentists at 1311 Jackson Ave Dental would be thrilled to be entrusted with your periodontal health so don't be shy and schedule below in real time.