Top 10 Questions Our Patients Ask About Dental Cleanings

February 19, 2021

What is a deep cleaning or root planning and scaling?

Deep cleaning, also known as root planning and scaling, is a procedure that focuses on removing tartar and plaque from below your gun line and on the outer surface of the roots.

Does a deep cleaning hurt? 

Although it may cause a little discomfort, before the dentist begins, you will be given a topical or local anesthetic to provide the most pain free treatment available.

How long does a deep cleaning take? Can my whole mouth be done at once?

The average time for a deep cleaning visit is approximately 45 minutes. In most cases, a deep cleaning will take two visits to clean both sides of the mouth.

How often should you get dental cleaning?

To prevent plaque and tartar build-up, a professional dental cleaning is recommended every six months.

What is a prophy?

Prophy, short for “prophylaxis,” is a cleaning procedure designed to prevent gum disease.

Why do I have to have a deep cleaning and can’t just get my regular cleaning? 

When there is bacterial buildup from diseased gum tissue, a deep cleaning is required to treat the gum disease. If a regular cleaning is performed instead, there would be bacteria left on the teeth, which is harmful for the gums.

How much does a regular cleaning cost without insurance?

Regular cleanings typically cost around $199. However, at Cumming Dental Smiles, we offer our non-insured new patients $100 off on regular cleanings. So, our special price is typically around $99.

How much does a deep teeth cleaning cost without insurance?

Deep cleanings typically cost around $249-$299 without insurance. However, at Cumming Dental Smiles, we offer our non-insured new patients $100 off on deep cleanings. So, our special price typically ranges from $149-$199.

How do I know if I need a deep cleaning?

Some warning signs that you are in need of a deep cleaning are bleeding gums, tender gums, chipping teeth, and persistent bad breath. If you feel that you are in need of a deep cleaning, please call our office at 770-205-0466 to get an appointment scheduled.

Does a deep cleaning cure periodontal disease?

Although there is no cure to periodontal disease, a deep cleaning is a great treatment to help remove plaque on the tooth enamel and gums. After a deep cleaning, patients can be placed on a perio-maintenance schedule to renew their gums and begin a healing process.

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