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Deep Teeth Cleaning - Long Island City, NY

If you've been skipping your biannual teeth cleanings, you may be in for a surprise at your next dental check up. Gingivitis can progress into a more advanced stage called Periodontitis.

Deep Cleaning to fight off advanced gum disease

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What is a deep teeth cleaning?

A deep cleaning is an advanced version of a teeth cleaning, which includes it but more. Most notably it includes scaling and root planing of the teeth. The procedure basically means that your long island city dentist will clean deeper underneath the gums to remove all of the hard tartar build up and not just what can be seen above the gum line.

Due to the procedure being a deeper clean, your dentist may or may not give you local anesthesia 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 to the deeper clean, please let us know!

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.