What is Deep Cleaning? If plaque and build up is left on the teeth, it provides the right conditions for bacteria to grow. The bacteria irritate the gums, causing them to bleed more easily. You may notice this if you are brushing your teeth, or eating, and sometimes your gums may bleed a bit. This is the first stage of gum disease called gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, our dentist in Norwalk Dentist ry will clean your teeth by scaling and polishing them. We also recommend an antiseptic containing chlorhexidine and show you how to brush and floss your teeth effectively. Most adults have some degree of gum disease. If gingivitis not treated, the inflammation will work its way down towards the foundations of the tooth causing a periodontal pocket for bacteria to grow in and cause more damage. Gum disease destroys the support bone structures of the teeth, so that eventually, they will become loose. The problem is that until it gets severe, the person often has no symptoms, which is why it is so important to visit your Norwalk dentist to get your gums, bone, and teeth checked regularly. Sadly, the damage to the support structures of the teeth which is the bone is irreversible. The good news is that if gum disease is caught in time, its progress can be stopped or slowed down. Your dentist Norwalk ca may advise scaling and root planning therapy, or deep cleaning. This gets rid of the bacteria in the pocket and provides the necessary conditions for healing to occur. Does it hurt? Depending on the depth of the pocket and severity of gum condition, your Norwalk dentist may wish to make the area numb so that the process is comfortable for you. Always discuss with your dentist in Norwalk how to best manage any discomfort. Sometimes if the pockets are not deep, there may be no discomfort during the procedure without numbing. The only feeling may be the scraping feeling along the teeth as the area is cleaned. A root planed root surface free of build up has a better chance of allowing the gum to heal and reattach to it. The dentist in Norwalk ca may recommend antibiotic gels within the pocket, again to kill any nasty bugs that are causing the problem in the first place. This step is very important in reducing the bacterial load to prevent the return of the disease. Discomfort can vary after deep cleanings, but you can expect it to be more sore since it’s usually in a deeper place under the gums. Temporary bleeding and the teeth themselves can become a bit more sensitive to temperature. At Norwalk dentist ry we will give you proper instructions to maintain your teeth after a deep cleaning to reduce bacterial invasion of the pockets again.