Why Do I Need a Deep Dental Cleaning?
As tartar builds up, it irritates the gum tissue. At first, this may only result in tender, red gums that occasionally bleed when you brush or floss. This is called gingivitis, and it is the first stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is reversible.
However, if we do not treat gingivitis, the disease will progress. The tartar continues to build up, and the gum tissue starts to recede away from the tooth, creating a deeper pocket around the tooth where even more plaque and tartar can build up. As the gums start to recede, so does the jawbone.
At this stage, you have irreversible periodontal disease. We can’t go back. Eventually, if left untreated, periodontal disease can result in gum infections, loose teeth, and tooth loss.
Though gum disease is not reversible, it is possible to arrest it, which is why we recommend a deep dental cleaning as soon as you receive a gum disease diagnosis.
When we remove the bacteria-filled tartar, the gums start to heal and will begin to reattach to the tooth. Bone loss is permanent, but there is a chance that we can still save your teeth and restore your oral health.
How Much Does a Deep Cleaning from the Dentist Cost?
A deep dental cleaning can cost between $150 and $250 per quadrant. Most insurance companies pay a portion of the total cost, often, between 50% and 80%. We can work with you to create a payment plan for your portion of the cost.