Deep Cleanings

Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Charlottesville, VA

Deep cleanings provide a safe and effective way to treat and reverse gum disease. At Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville, the team provides deep cleanings to address gum disease. If you’re living with gingivitis or periodontitis, don’t wait to take action. To schedule an appointment with Nicholas Bottorff, DDS, at the practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, call the office or book online today.

Deep Cleanings Q&A

What are deep cleanings?

Deep cleanings provide a safe and minimally invasive way to treat gum disease. One or two in-office sessions can eradicate plaque and tartar build-up, decrease pockets, prevent further gum recession, and ensure your smile stays healthy for years to come. 

Who can benefit from deep cleanings?

Anyone who is living with gum disease can benefit from deep cleanings. There are several types of gum disease; Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville focuses on two in particular:

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is an infection that occurs when plaque –– a thin film of saliva, food particles, and bacteria –– and tartar collect on your teeth and around your gums. Over time, gingivitis causes your gums to become red, irritated, and swollen. If you have gingivitis, your gums might bleed when brushing or flossing.

Periodontitis

When left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis is a more serious infection that causes your gums to pull away from your teeth, forming pockets. Over time, it also attacks the alveolar bone, which holds and supports your teeth. Without early intervention, periodontitis causes bone and tooth loss.

How do deep cleanings work?

A deep cleaning appointment begins with an oral exam and a review of your oral health history. Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville also takes oral X-rays to determine the extent of your infection.

Before conducting a deep cleaning, your provider administers a local anesthetic. They then use a handheld scaler or dental laser to gently remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and around and under your gum line. After eradicating all of the plaque and tartar, your provider smooths out your tooth roots, allowing your gums to reattach to your teeth.  

How long do deep cleanings take?

The duration of a deep cleaning appointment depends on the severity of your gum disease. If you have a mild or moderate infection, Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville may be able to perform a deep cleaning in a single appointment. More serious cases of gum disease typically require two appointments spaced a week or two apart.

What happens after a deep cleaning?

Following a deep cleaning, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville recommends brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly. In addition, it’s important to eat a healthy, balanced diet and visit the office every six months for a professional cleaning and oral exam.

To learn more about the benefits of deep cleanings, request a consultation at Elevated Dentistry of Charlottesville. Book an appointment online, or call the office today.