If you’re a first-time visitor to the office of Dr. Priti Naik, you may be wondering if you need a normal teeth cleaning and oral exam, or if you need a “deep cleaning,” especially if it’s been a little while since you’ve seen a dentist in Tysons Corner or McLean.
We’re here to break down the difference between these treatments, and explain why most patients at our office don’t need a deep cleaning. Read on and get all the information you need, then contact us for an appointment right away!
Regular, routine teeth cleanings are an essential part of preventive dentistry. And if you’ve ever seen a dentist for a six-month checkup before, you probably know exactly what to expect. Your appointment will consist of the following steps:
A deep cleaning may sound similar to a teeth cleaning, but it’s completely different. A teeth cleaning usually takes just a few minutes and is done during every six-month appointment at the dentist.
In contrast, deep cleanings are only required for people with gum disease. They also require you to schedule two 1-2 hour appointments, since only half of the mouth is cleaned during each treatment. And, unlike teeth cleaning, the process is more invasive and requires your mouth to be numbed.
In a deep cleaning, also called “scaling and root planing,” your dentist or hygienist will clean and numb your mouth, then use special tools to clean deeply between your gums and teeth. This is done to remove the harmful bacteria that cause gum disease.
Along with antibiotics, deep cleanings are the first step that most dentists take when treating patients with gum disease. With timely intervention, deep cleanings can halt or even reverse the progression of this oral health condition.
Whether you have a healthy mouth and need a routine cleaning and checkup, or you suspect that you may have gum disease and need a deep cleaning, Dr. Priti Naik is here to help. We’re always accepting new patients in Vienna, Tysons Corner, and McLean, so contact us online or give us a call at (703) 288-1800 to learn more and get the dental care you need today.