What is a deep cleaning?A deep cleaning is a treatment we perform to help establish a healthy periodontium. We need to clean between the gums and teeth down to the root, where bacteria has reached and infected. This treatment may include root planing, scaling, local anesthetic, ultrasonic vibrations and antibiotics. Untreated gum disease may lead to more extensive surgeries or tooth extraction. Scaling is the process of removing the dangerous bacteria and calculus that has developed. Planing is the process of smoothing out your dental roots, making it less likely for plaque to accumulate on your roots in the future. Gum disease is never cured, simply maintained, and you want to maintain it to keep your healthy smile.
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