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Deep cleaning of the Teeth and Gums in Minneapolis
When regular cleaning may not be enough
Dentistry has determined that one of the greatest threats to the longevity of the teeth is gum disease, a condition of bone and tooth loss due to the forms of oral bacteria, namely plague and calculus. This disease is silent, painless, and unrelenting. It starts with neglected cleaning and builds over time, silently causing loss to the bone that support the teeth in the mouth.
Some people are much more susceptible to have this disease than others.
A regular cleaning by a dentist or hygienist assumes that the mouth is in good oral health, and that plague and calculus have not accumulated. If an adult patient has never had a hygiene cleaning, or has not had one in a long time, however, it may be necessary to perform a more thorough cleaning called "deep cleaning".
What deep cleaning involves
In deep cleaning — a more rigorous cleaning — the dentist or hygienist removes all plaque and calculus around the teeth and the roots of the teeth using special equipment. Because it is more intensive than regular cleaning, deep cleaning is usually done in sections (quadrants) over a period of appointments.
Deep cleaning removes the forms of bacteria that cause gum disease — plague and calculus — that surround the teeth. By removing this source of disease, the patient greatly reduces the chance of future bone loss due to gum disease.
We are ready to handle any discomfort
Most patients do not feel discomfort during deep cleaning in today's world of dentistry. In some cases, however, some patients do feel mild discomfort, and fortunately the dentist and hygienist are equipped to make this procedure comfortable for those needing it.