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Deep Cleaning

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Deep Cleaning!

Deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is a procedure used to remove areas of the gum line that have become infected. This can happen when patients have neglected routine brushing and flossing as part of their at-home dental care. When this happens, plaque will regularly build up below the gum line. After a time, the plaque will calcify and harden into a substance called tartar. Tartar cannot be removed with regular brushing and flossing, and the dentist must perform a deep cleaning to scrape this from the tooth’s enamel. Call Toothville Family Dentistry to find out more about Deep Cleaning.

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What is a dental
Deep Cleaning

Deep dental cleaning is also called periodontal scaling and root planning, or SRP. It’s similar to how a hygienist typically cleans your teeth but focuses on the outer surface of the roots and below your gum line. This special cleaning is needed when tartar buildup has caused infection of the gums. Pockets form, a widening of the gumline that has pulled away from the tooth. Loss of this connective tissue can lead to bone loss and, eventually, tooth loss.

What to expect during a Deep Cleaning?

During a deep cleaning procedure, you can expect your dentist or hygienist to remove deep pockets of infection below the gum line. Because this can be a fairly invasive process, patients are typically given a local anesthetic to numb the area of the gum line being treated. Any kind of plaque, tartar, or debris is removed both above and below the gum line during treatment. The provider performing the deep cleaning will use surgical instruments to remove the substances causing the infection, and sometimes even an ultrasonic scaler. Afterwards, the provider will shape, or ‘plane’, the root of the tooth. This creates a smooth surface which will make cleaning the tooth enamel much easier, and can help prevent plaque from collecting in the area. Depending on how bad the infection has gotten, the procedure is generally performed in two sessions, and sometimes repeated a few more times to stabilize the gum disease and prevent it from worsening.


Using SRP is just one of the ways Toothville Family Dentistry provides complete care for our patients. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call.

We look forward to hearing from you soon. Call Toothville Family Dentistry at (587) 755-6688 to set up a Dental Deep Cleaning appointment today!