The FAQs: Traditional Cleaning Or Deep Cleaning

When you see that we offer dental cleanings but you also know we offer deep cleanings, you may find yourself feeling quite flummoxed. Well, you think to yourself, do you need the traditional type of cleaning or the deep one? Is this something that you are supposed to decide or is this something that our Ankeny, IA team is going to decide on your behalf? While at first glance the distinction between these types of cleanings may seem barely there, we can give you a much clearer understanding of the details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How often do I need a traditional cleaning versus a deep cleaning?

Answer: Individuals who require traditional care will need a cleaning and checkup two times a year (spaced six months apart). If you suffer from periodontal problems and require periodontal care, then you will require a cleaning for multiple visits annually, depending on the severity of your gum disease. In most instance, you will need at least four visits for one complete scaling and root planing process.

Question: So, what is all of this traditional cleaning versus deep cleaning stuff? Is one just more thorough than the other?

Answer: The traditional visit is for individuals with healthy gums and will include the removal of plaque and tartar buildup, as well as a polishing. If you suffer from gum disease and have gingival pockets (your gum tissue has pulled away from your teeth), then you will need a scaling and root planing (which means thorough removal of plaque and tartar from teeth and within those pockets, as well as smoothing of your enamel tissue).

Question: How do I know which one I need?

Answer: When you come in for a dental checkup with us, if you suffer from gum disease, we will discuss a deep cleaning with you, which will help your gum tissue heal. Otherwise, you will still be expected to come in two times each year for your traditional checkup and cleaning!

Question: So, if I have periodontal disease, will you just provide me with scaling and root planing and that will be it?

Answer: It all depends on your unique needs. We will certainly perform a deep cleaning. Then, we will determine any additional care your gum tissue may need and will offer a personalized plan. If you think this may be something you need, call us!

Protect Your Perio Health

Keep your gum tissue safe and your smile healthy when you come in to visit us for periodontal care if you should have any type of issues with gum disease. We can help you regain your gum health. Visit us for a dental checkup in Ankeny, IA by contacting Dental Impressions to schedule a visit at (515) 965-0230.