Sometimes called deep cleaning, periodontal cleaning is necessary to prevent or treat gum diseases such as gingivitis or periodontitis. This kind of cleaning is similar to the routine cleaning is some ways, but goes a bit further to address issues with the gums or the teeth below the gum line.
Gingivitis and periodontitis occur when bacteria build up at or below the gum line between teeth and gums. If left untreated, these conditions can cause extreme swelling of the gums or pockets in the gums that collect even more bacteria.
If you know you have a gum disease, or experience red, swollen, bleeding or sore gums, regular periodontal exams and cleaning are important to ensure you keep the condition from getting worse.
For patients who are fearful or anxious about dental treatments, sedation can be particularly helpful during these cleanings since the treatment tends to be more extensive and last longer than a typical cleaning.