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Dental hygiene can help avoid foul breath and gum disease. Therefore, it is critical to brush and floss regularly and to visit a dentist twice a year for basic tooth cleanings.

However, at Summerlin Dental Solutions your dentist may occasionally recommend a deep teeth cleaning. Bleeding gums, receding gums, and loose teeth are all indicators that you may require a comprehensive deep cleaning. While thorough cleaning — also known as periodontal scaling or root planing — is rather frequent, it does carry some concerns, however the advantages outweigh the disadvantages of deep cleaning teeth.

Here's everything you need to know about thorough cleaning teeth, including the drawbacks.

What is a deep cleaning of the teeth?

A deep teeth cleaning can eliminate plaque and tartar accumulation on your teeth, hence lowering gum inflammation and promoting gum health.

Plaque is a sticky coating that grows on the surface of the teeth. It is a bacterial infection that occurs when food particles and saliva interact. Brushing your teeth removes plaque, which accumulates on teeth on a daily basis.

Brushing, on the other hand, does not remove all plaque from between the teeth. Tartar is formed when leftover plaque calcifies or hardens.

Plaque or tartar buildup might result in gum disease. This includes gingivitis, or gum inflammation. Gingivitis can progress to periodontitis if left untreated. This is a severe illness that causes the bone that supports the teeth to deteriorate.

The benefits of extensive cleaning include:

-preventing gum disease and combating foul breath.

-protects tooth roots, supports healthy gums, and helps

reduce tooth loss

The disadvantages of extensive cleaning:

-Slight discomfort and sensitivity may result in gum recession

- in extremely rare situations, infection

What are the advantages of a thorough dental cleaning?

If gum disease causes your gums to move away from your teeth, creating a space bigger than 5 millimeters (mm) deep, you may require a deep cleaning.

If your gum disease continues to progress, the gap between your gums and teeth may continue to widen. This can result in weakened teeth-supporting bones, resulting in loose teeth or tooth loss.

If your dentist advises a deep cleaning, the following are some of the benefits:

-halting the progression of gum disease.

-addressing an active infection and promoting healing by

thoroughly cleaning your teeth above and below the gumline

-eradicating gum disease-related foul breath

-safeguarding your teeth's roots

What are the drawbacks to deep cleaning your teeth?

While deep cleaning can effectively treat gum disease, the process is not without dangers. Among the disadvantages of deep cleaning teeth are the following:

-does not ensure that your gums will reattach to your teeth;

- may cause your gums to recede

- infection is a possibility if you have a damaged immune


- discomfort and sensitivity

The most prevalent adverse effects are pain and sensitivity. The risks associated with deep cleaning are typically low and last approximately 5 to 7 days, though in severe situations, this may extend to a few weeks.

What is involved in deep cleaning teeth?

Deep tooth cleanings are not the same as ordinary dental cleanings. Cleaning above the gumline on a regular basis eliminates plaque and tartar. On the other hand, a thorough cleaning removes plaque and tartar from below the gumline.

Gum disease creates a space or gap between your teeth and gums, which can retain tartar and plaque. This accumulation is removed by cleaning below the gumline.

Deep cleaning entails scaling and root planing of the gums.

Deep cleanings typically require two or more visits and include scaling and root planing of the gums. Each visit may take between one and two hours.

Scaling is the process by which your dentist eliminates plaque and tartar from beneath the gumline. During the root planing procedure, your dentist eliminates plaque and tartar from the teeth's roots. This assists in narrowing the space between your teeth and gums, allowing your gums to reattach to the tooth.

You may require antibiotics.

If you have a weakened immune system, you may need to take an antibiotic for a few days. This is because there is a possibility of infection following the procedure. Additionally, extensive dental cleanings may occasionally result in the discharge of microorganisms into the bloodstream.

Is deep cleaning unpleasant?

Due to the discomfort associated with teeth scaling and root planing, you will get a topical or local anesthetic to numb your gums. At Summerlin Dental Solutions we are always concerned with your comfort. You can just let us know if anything bothers you and we will find a resolution

You should anticipate some sensitivity following your treatment. Your gums may swell, and you may experience slight bleeding as well that should resolve quickly.

How to minimize sensitivity following the procedure

Consuming soft foods (yogurt, applesauce, or mashed potatoes) for several days following your treatment may assist in reducing sensitivity. Additionally, you should avoid extremely hot or cold foods and beverages. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, as well as rinsing with warm salt water, can help relieve inflammation.

Regular brushing and flossing promote healing and help to prevent additional gum irritation. Brush your teeth at least twice daily using a soft bristle toothbrush and floss at least once daily.

How much does a dental deep cleaning cost?

Deep cleaning costs vary according to the severity of gum disease or inflammation.

You'll typically need two visits, while some individuals may require up to four to entirely remove tartar and plaque. Your mouth is divided into quadrants during these cleanings. You may pay $200 or more per quadrant, depending on your location and the extent of your therapy.

Most dental insurance policies cover extensive cleanings.

If you do not have dental insurance, please ask about our dental savers plan


A thorough teeth cleaning aids in the elimination of foul breath and aids in the healing of gum disease. Because deep cleanings can carry some risk, it's critical to recognize any potential issues or side effects.

Although this is a routine and safe operation, you should anticipate some sensitivity and edema following the procedure. Consult your Summerlin dentist if swelling, bleeding, or pain persists for more than a week following your surgery.

Get to Know the Dentist

Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

With an emphasis on cosmetic, complete makeovers and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all of the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55 inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.  Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.


851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160
851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160