Cleaning your teeth is important, and so are regular dental appointments, we all know that. However, some patients can be caught off-guard when their dentist in Highland Park, IL Dr.Kacel, may suggest a deep cleaning. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what a deep cleaning is so you know precisely what to expect when it’s time for you to have one.
A deep cleaning is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Your dentist in Deerfield, IL Steven Kacel, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., F.A.D.I., or his hygienist not only clean the visible area of the teeth but also cleans the surface of your teeth that are below the gum line. This is an area that can’t be reached by normal brushing and flossing where plaque can build up. This buildup can lead to the gums detaching from the teeth, receding gums and can ultimately make your teeth look longer. Not only that, receding gums can expose sensitive parts of the teeth which can cause pain. A deep cleaning removes the plaque build up before these problems occur.
Deep cleaning is different from the normal cleaning you get from your dentist in Highland Park, IL in that it is more invasive. There are two steps that occur in order to remove build up deep below the gum line: scaling and root planing. Scaling is the process that actually removes the plaque from the surface of your teeth while root planing is the process that smooths the surface of the roots once the plaque is removed. Root planing gives the gums a smooth surface to which they can reattach once the deep cleaning is done.
When buildup is severe enough your Highland Park, IL dentist may have to number the area to keep you comfortable during the process. If your entire mouth needs a deep cleaning, Dr. Kacel may divide it into quarters or halves that will be cleaned during separate appointments. Following the deep cleaning, patients can expect some increased sensitivity but this is nothing that can’t be addressed with some OTC pain medicine and the discomfort will go away quickly.
Deep cleaning is simple procedure that’s occasionally an important part of overall oral hygiene. If you have any further questions about deep cleaning or would like to schedule an appointment at Northbrook Dentist Office give us a call at (847)457-0400. Our friendly staff is happy to help you in any way possible.