Deep Cleanings

Stop Tartar Build Up And Gum Disease In Its Tracks

At Cape Dental Care, we know how vulnerable your gum line is to plaque and tartar. Both build up quickly and over time can cause serious problems, including tooth loss, gum disease, and bone loss from your jawbone. Plaque and tartar are especially dangerous when they reach below the gum line, breeding pockets of bacteria and disease. Deep cleaning, also known as dental scaling and root planing, removes plaque, tartar, and bacterial build-up that accrues beneath your gum line. Our dentists have been providing Cape Coral and Lee County with deep cleaning services for over twenty-five years.

 

How Plaque And Tartar Lead To Gum Disease And Tooth Loss

Plaque and tartar are present in everyone’s mouth, and can build up in tucked-away areas. Once soft, filmy plaque turns into mineral-tough tartar – a process that can take only 24 hours – it cannot be removed from your teeth without specialized dental care. If tartar forms along the gum line, it gets between (and stays between) your gums and your teeth. Tartar can build beneath your gum line quickly. It takes only 4 mm before plaque and the bacteria it brings are completely out of reach from flossing and brushing. At that point, a space known as a periodontal pocket forms: a breeding ground for bacterial colonies hidden beneath your gums. Bacteria thrives in this environment, leading to advanced periodontal disease, also known as gum disease or periodontitis. Left unchecked, periodontal disease damages gums, reduces bone mass in the jaw, and leads to the loss of your teeth. Periodontal disease is by far the leading cause of tooth loss known to dentists.

 

Do My Teeth Need Deep Cleaning?

A deep cleaning is offered when your dentist finds evidence of extensive tartar build up or periodontal pockets deeper than 4 mm. The earliest stage of periodontal disease is marked by sore or swollen gums. You may notice inflammation or bleeding during activities such as eating, or brushing and flossing your teeth. This early stage is commonly known as gingivitis and is often neglected by patients. Later stages can be marked by receding gums, or gums that are constantly swollen, inflamed, or irritated. If you notice signs of gingivitis or advanced gum disease, it is crucial you speak with your dentist. Without professional attention, bacteria will continue to spread within your gums, worsening your infection and increasing your chances of tooth decay and tooth loss.

 

Will My Deep Cleaning Be Comfortable?

Your treatment during deep cleaning will depend on the extent of your condition. Your dentist will gently remove plaque, tartar, and bacterial buildup from underneath your gums using hand tools and ultrasonic instruments. Patients with severely infected or sensitive gums may require more attention than others. Cape Dental Care’s dentists use local anaesthetic during deep cleanings to ensure your procedure is painless, and offer sedation dentistry, including IV sedation to those who request it. Despite this, we recognize that some patients may still feel nervous about the procedure. This is why Cape Dental Care offers its Patient Comfort Promise:

Cape Dental Care is committed to ensuring your visit is as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Our dentists and support staff provide every patient with the utmost of courtesy and gentle dental care. Each treatment takes place in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, and every patient room offers a therapeutic view of our soothing and beautiful aviary. We also offer a wide range of anesthetics, sedatives, and pain relief options for patients whose treatments or personal needs demand them. Do not hesitate to discuss any concerns with your dentist. We guarantee every effort will be made to accommodate your needs or requests.

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Book Your Deep Cleaning Today

Your fight against periodontal disease starts a click or call away. Contact our office today to book your consultation or appointment.