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Deep Cleanings

Grace Dental Group

General Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Fillmore District, San Francisco, CA

Chronic periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, affects nearly half of Americans over the age of 30. But with the help of Woo Young Lee, DDS, and Sean Kim, DDS, at Grace Dental Group you can undergo deep cleanings to treat gum infections and improve your gum health in San Francisco, California. Find out how a deep dental cleaning can improve your oral health by booking an exam at this Fillmore District practice today. Click on the online booking feature or call to schedule a visit.

Deep Cleanings Q & A

Why do I need a deep cleaning?

Also known as a scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning goes beyond a routine dental cleaning. During a deep cleaning, your dentist removes the sticky layer of plaque that builds up just below your gumline. This can prevent and treat the most advanced type of gum disease: periodontitis. Your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning if you have any of the following issues:

  • Bleeding gums and inflammation
  • Gums that pull away from your teeth
  • Deep pockets where bacteria can thrive

If you have gum disease and don’t have a deep cleaning, you risk losing bone and gum tissue. Once these components start breaking down, your teeth can loosen and even fall out. 

What can I expect during a deep cleaning?

When you come in to Grace Dental Group for your deep cleaning, your dedicated dentist talks with you about exactly what you can expect. The full deep cleaning treatment requires two distinct steps.

First, your dentist needs to remove all of the plaque and tartar buildup from above and below your gumline. This is known as a scaling. They thoroughly clean all the way down to the bottom of the pocket, tooth by tooth.

Second, your dentist performs a root planing procedure. This process involves using specialized dental tools to smooth out each of your tooth roots. Over time, your gums start reattaching to these smoother, plaque-free surfaces. 

In advanced stages of gum disease, your dedicated dentist at Grace Dental Group may need to complete your deep cleaning over a series of two appointments. But the team can let you know ahead of time if this applies to you. 

How long is the recovery after a deep cleaning?

Depending on the extent of your deep cleaning, you may find that your gums are sore and tender for several days. Your teeth may feel overly sensitive for up to a week. These minor side effects resolve with each passing day.

To prevent a gum infection, your dentist may prescribe antibiotic medication or an antibiotic oral rinse. Full recovery from a deep cleaning can take several weeks. 

If you need a deep gum cleaning, contact Grace Dental Group for an evaluation. You can book an appointment online or over the phone.