3 Things To Know Before Going In For A Deep Cleaning

Posted on: 27 March 2017

If your dentist suggested that you need a deep cleaning, here are three things that you need to know before you go through with the procedure.

#1 Deep Cleanings Are For Serious Dental Issues

The first thing that you need to understand is that deep cleanings are for serious dental issues. They are not designed to be undergone just because you want your teeth to look a little cleaner. 

Deep cleanings are designed to address periodontal disease, which is when your gums are infected with bacteria and are deteriorating. Deep cleanings are for individuals who have deep pockets between their gums and their teeth. Additionally, deep cleanings are for individuals experiencing bone loss.

A deep cleaning is a serious procedure that should only be undergone if you really need it. It is the type of dental procedure where it is a good idea to get a second opinion before you undergo the procedure. 

#2 Deep Cleanings Take A While To Heal

Second, it is important to realize that deep cleaning requires a healing process. You are going to be numbed up to undergo the procedure and your mouth will be numbed for a while after the procedure. 

After the procedure, your teeth and gum are going to be sensitive. It will take a couple of weeks for your mouth to fully heal from the procedure. You are going to need to eat soft foods, and avoid sharp foods. You are also going to need to brush your teeth, floss, and use mouthwash on a more regular basis as well. You will need to be more vigilant with your dental care following your procedure.

#3 Follow-Up Care Is Needed

Finally, it is important to realize that follow-up care will be needed.  You are going to need to go back to your dentist for additional cleanings. You will need to see your dentist every couple of months. 

During these cleanings, your dentist is going to closely inspect your bones, gums and teeth to make sure that your mouth has healed from the procedure. They will also make sure that your mouth is not infected with bacteria. These follow-up visits every couple of months will need to continue for up to a year following your deep cleaning.

Before you get your deep cleaning, be aware that your dental insurance may not cover these additional cleanings and appointments, so find out what the out-of-pocket cost will be for getting a deep cleaning and for the follow-up treatment.