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What Is A “Deep Cleaning” From Your Dentist? Marietta, GA

What Is A “Deep Cleaning” From Your Dentist?

When you visit the dentist for your professional cleaning and checkup every six months, you can expect to get a very thorough cleaning of your teeth. However, this isn’t necessarily a “deep cleaning.” A deep cleaning refers to scaling and root planing. If your dentist has suggested this treatment, it is typically because you have evidence of gum disease. While scaling and root planing may sound uncomfortable or intimidating, it is really nothing to fear. Scaling and root planing (SRP) is a painless procedure that can prevent gum disease from progressing as well as reverse it in many cases.

To understand the importance of a deep cleaning, you must first realize how serious untreated gum disease is. Gum disease starts as inflammation or irritation within the soft tissues that support your teeth. This process is often triggered by plaque and bacteria that has accumulated on the tooth roots or gum line. If treatment is not initiated, gum disease can progress and cause the gums to pull away from the tooth roots, form deep pockets and even destroy underlying bone. Advanced periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss and it has been linked to several overall health conditions.

Now that you understand why gum disease needs to be arrested, here’s how a scaling and root planing helps do that. SRP, or a deep cleaning, typically involves one or two quadrants of your mouth at a time. You may be mildly sore after the treatment, but this dissipates quickly.

The first part of the procedure is scaling. This is performed using a combination of handheld and ultrasonic cleaning tools. Your dentist will scrape and loosen the hardened plaque from the tooth surface and tooth root.

The second half of a deep cleaning is root planing. During this component, the surface of the tooth roots are smoothed. Doing this encourages the gums to reattach to the teeth so that bacteria can no longer accumulate in deep pockets of tissue.

To learn more about how a deep cleaning can save you from the devastating effects of gum disease, please give us a call at Gilreath Family Dentistry.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

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Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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