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Dental Deep Cleaning

Deborah K. Ruprecht, DDS

Periodontist & Dental Implant Surgeon located in Mission Viejo, CA & Ladera Ranch, CA

Dental deep cleaning is the first step in gaining control of active gum disease while reducing the spread of oral bacteria throughout your body and organs. With over 20 years of experience as a specialist, Deborah K. Ruprecht, DDS finds joy in helping patients improve their oral health and confidence. If you live in and around Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, and Solana Beach, California take the first step today in having a healthier mouth and body. Call us today or request an appointment online.

Dental Deep Cleaning Q & A

What is a dental deep cleaning?

While routine dental cleaning (called “scaling”) removes bacterial plaque and tartar around the gum line and teeth, dental deep cleaning (called “scaling and root planing”) goes a step further. 

Deep cleaning carefully removes hard deposits of bacteria below the gum line where pockets have formed. Unlike routine dental cleaning, scaling and root planing reaches below and around the root surfaces in areas that are inaccessible with routine brushing and flossing. It also removes deposits and smooths root surfaces, which makes it difficult for bacteria to reattach to your teeth.

How can deep cleaning help me?

Dental deep cleaning is important because if gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to bone loss and eventual tooth loss. This procedure has the greatest impact on improving periodontal health and systemic conditions made worse by periodontal pathogens (disease-causing organisms). Deep cleaning is the first step on the path towards optimum oral health.

When Dr. Ruprecht performs a thorough periodontal evaluation and sees signs of gum disease, she will recommend a deep cleaning. You may notice some of the following signs and symptoms yourself, which include:  

  • Bleeding or red gums
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Loose or overly sensitive teeth
  • Gums pulling away from your teeth

What should I expect from a deep cleaning?

Depending on the severity of any underlying gum disease or infection, you may need a local anesthesia for comfort before your deep cleaning. During your treatment, Dr. Ruprecht uses hand and ultrasonic instruments to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and root surfaces. Patients with severe cases of gum disease may need two or more deep cleaning appointments. The doctor also may recommend rinses, antibiotics, or supplements for you.

So that you may be an active partner in your oral health, Dr. Ruprecht will provide oral hygiene instructions and recommend home care devices. Follow-up visits with Dr. Ruprecht will ensure your gums are getting healthier and you are taking all the steps toward a long-lasting, healthy smile. 

If you’re showing signs or have been diagnosed with gum disease, call us today or request an appointment online. Dr. Ruprecht looks forward to meeting you.