When you visit a dentist regularly every six months, you typically get a standard cleaning and inspection as part of your visit. However, those that have not been to the dentist in a very long time will need a deep cleaning. Here is what you need to know about this different type of dental cleaning procedure.
Deep Cleanings Require Anesthesia
Since a deep cleaning can be very invasive, it will require some sort of anesthesia to get the job done. Some people prefer to use a numbing gel that is placed on the gums, which is good for people that don't like needles. It doesn't make you entirely numb, but it will help ease discomfort. The other option is to use a shot of Novocain which will make that area of your gums entirely numb so that you don't feel a thing other than the brief moment where the needle is inserted.
Deep Cleanings Require Multiple Visits
It can be difficult to have a deep cleaning done when your mouth is completely numb from the anesthesia. That is why deep cleanings are typically done in multiple visits, with the dentist only numbing half of your mouth each day. Otherwise, you may end up chewing on the side of your cheeks accidentally. The dentist will either numb the right or left half of your mouth, not the top or bottom.
Deep Cleanings Go Below The Gum Line
The biggest difference between a regular cleaning and a deep cleaning is how far beneath the gum line the dentist will go. The anesthesia is necessary because the dentist will need to go deep into the gums to clean out any tartar that has formed in that area. You'll feel pressure while they are beneath the gums, but you shouldn't feel pain. If you do feel pain, let your dentist know so that they can apply more of the numbing agent.
Deep Cleanings Will Cause Bleeding
You should go into a deep cleaning with the expectation that there will be bleeding afterward. This is normal, but it won't be the same as if you had a tooth extracted or anything like that. All you need to know is that the bleeding is due to needing to get under your gums to perform the deep cleaning and that proper home care after the cleaning will be the best way to prevent your teeth from getting to that state again.
Reach out to a dentist if you think you need a deep dental cleaning.