Deep Cleaning Teeth
A deep-cleaning, nonsurgical procedure whereby plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line are scraped away (scaling) and rough spots on the tooth root are made smooth (planing). This helps prevent gum inflammation, periodontal disease, and even loss of teeth.
Scaling is done with an ultrasonic tool. Bacteria is reduced by irrigation with anti-microbial agents, while plaque and tartar along the root and below the gumline are removed. Root planing removes surface dentin and cementum (the calcified layer of tissue that covers the root of your tooth), where toxins, tartar, or bacteria might be living. The smoothing of root planing helps the tooth to heal as well as helps keep bacteria away in the future.