What is Deep Teeth Cleaning?

Deep teeth cleaning, sometimes known as root planing or scaling, is a treatment that removes tartar from your teeth and gums all the way down to your roots. They are cleaned in the same manner as a regular cleaning. In other words, our dental hygienist cleans the surface of your tooth, including its sides, and your gum line. The primary difference between a regular cleaning and deep cleaning is that a dental anesthetic or numbing agent is administered and tartar is removed beneath your gum line all the way to your tooth’s root. Deep teeth cleaning, overall, is more thorough than a regular cleaning and is designed to treat and prevent the progression of gum disease. Due to the extent of the procedure, it may require more than one office visit to finish the treatment.

What to Expect During a Deep Cleaning Procedure

Dr. Paswaters, located in Lakewood Colorado, will only recommend a deep cleaning after a thorough examination of your mouth. The amount of tartar buildup, the condition of the gums, the progression of gum disease, and the pockets surrounding your teeth will all influence the extent of cleaning. In other words, if your gum pockets are clogged with tartar, a thorough cleaning is required. In most cases, local anesthesia is also used.


Dr. Paswaters’ highly qualified dental hygienist, uses this procedure to remove plaque and tartar that has accumulated on your tooth surfaces. This procedure focuses on the area beneath the gum line, but along your tooth’s root. An ultrasonic scaling tool is used to apply controlled volumes of water when scaling. This allows an antimicrobial agent to reach beneath your gum line and aid in the reduction of microbes.

Root Planing

Root planing is a technique for cleaning the surface of your dentin and cementum of microbes, tartar, and plaque. They are also extracted above and beneath the gum line. This prevents bacterial colonization while also promoting healing. This procedure is made possible by Dr. Paswaters’ dental hygienist’s use of a specialized tool. This instrument not only removes unwanted substances, but it also smooths the root of your tooth. This allows your teeth to be reattached to your gums.

What Happens After Your Deep Cleaning is Completed?

Following your Deep Cleaning, to inhibit the growth and spread of toxin-producing bacteria that cause gum disease, Dr. Paswaters will recommend that you come in every three to four months for a Periodontal Maintenance cleaning. This helps to keep an infection at bay while also promoting healing.

Dr. Paswaters may recommend surgery, if it is impossible to completely remove tartar and plaque buildup from your gum pockets. This is the case because sometimes it can be difficult for you to maintain clean, plaque-free pockets.

What are Benefits of Deep Cleaning?

Scaling and planing will aid in the prevention of gum disease as well as the spread of bacteria to other parts of your body, such as the heart and lungs. It also prevents the teeth from falling out. Bacteria can easily colonize and spread throughout your gums and teeth, if the gum pockets are deeper than 3mm. Unfortunately, as a result of this and a chronic inflammatory response, bone tissue and teeth are destroyed. This causes periodontal disease and, ultimately, tooth loss. Deep cleaning techniques, on the other hand, prevent this from happening.

Finally, scaling and root planing enhances the appearance of your mouth while minimizing bad breath in the oral cavity. They will also get rid of unsightly stains from your teeth, which is an added benefit to the procedures.

Schedule An Appointment

If you’re concerned about the appearance of your oral cavity, don’t put it off any longer. Instead, book an appointment with Dr. Paswaters, a highly qualified dentist. Her office is located in Lakewood Colorado. She can also be reached at 303-716-7321.