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Deep Dental Cleaning

Deep dental cleaning involves scaling and root planing to combat periodontal disease and maintain optimal health for your gums and teeth.

What Is Deep Dental Cleaning?

Deep dental cleaning, also known as periodontal scaling and root planing, is a dental treatment to remove plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line and the tooth roots. This treatment is essential for preventative dental care, especially for patients experiencing signs of gum disease, which can range from mild gingivitis to more severe periodontitis.

Unlike routine teeth cleaning that addresses the tooth surface, deep cleaning involves putting attention on the areas below the gums to stop the progression of gum disease and prevent further dental issues from developing.

This type of dental cleaning is necessary when tartar buildup has led to gum infection. Deep cleaning helps reduce the infection and heal and restore the gums. During treatment, a dentist or hygienist will use a handheld scaler to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and underneath the gums.

Recognizing the Need for Deep Cleaning

Many patients may not realize they need a deep cleaning, as gum disease often progresses without pain. Signs that might indicate the need for deep cleaning include:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Receding gums or teeth appearing longer
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums that bleed easily


If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important that you come into our office for an evaluation. Our dental team will assess your gum health. By using specialized tools to measure the depth of the pockets between your gums and teeth, we will determine if there are any indicators of gum disease.


The Process of Deep Teeth Cleaning

When you come in for a deep cleaning at Thrive Dental, the process will involve two main stages: scaling and root planing. During your visit, our dental professionals will perform the following:

  • Scaling: This first step removes all plaque and tartar (calculus) from above and below the gumline so that all pockets are cleared of harmful bacteria.
  • Root Planing: Following scaling, root planing is performed to smooth out your teeth roots. This helps the gums reattach to your teeth, reduces pocket depth, and minimizes the risk of further plaque buildup.


Most patients require two visits to complete their deep cleaning treatment to make sure each quadrant of the mouth receives thorough care. Local anesthesia may be used to make the patient more comfortable, especially for patients with sensitive teeth or deep periodontal pockets.

Benefits of Deep Dental Cleaning

Undergoing deep cleaning at Thrive Dental has several advantages that contribute to both your oral and overall health:

  • Prevention of Gum Disease: Deep cleaning is necessary to halt the progression of gum disease, which, if untreated, can lead to tooth loss and other serious health complications.
  • Improved Breath: By removing trapped food particles and bacteria, deep cleaning can significantly freshen your breath.
  • Aesthetic Improvements: It can also lead to a brighter smile by removing surface stains from your teeth.
  • Healthier Gums: Patients will notice healthier, more firm gums as the procedure helps reduce inflammation and bleeding.
  • Overall Health Benefits: Good oral health is linked to improved general health. It reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
  • Cost-Effective: Regular deep cleanings can prevent the need for more invasive and expensive treatments in the future.

Why Thrive Dental?

At Thrive Dental, we take great pride in our patient-centric approach. We know that each patient’s needs are different, and we tailor our care accordingly.

We use the latest technology and methods to ensure precise and effective treatments, and our friendly staff is always ready to answer any questions you might have about your dental health.

Thrive Dental proudly serves the Frisco, Allen, Sachse, Richardson, and Dallas communities.

Schedule Your Visit Today

If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease or it’s been a while since your last dental check-up, contact Thrive Dental today. Our team will assess your dental health and is ready to provide you with a deep cleaning that not only treats but also prevents oral health issues, protecting your smile and well-being.

Visit us to experience the difference professional deep cleaning can make! Schedule an appointment in Frisco, Allen, Sachse, Richardson, and Dallas.

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