Deep cleanings are typically scheduled separately from your routine exams. However, like all procedures at Oakton Family Dentistry, we will always do our best to accommodate the patient the same day if it works best for them!
DENTIST CLEANINGS IN FAIRFAX
In some cases, particularly with gum disease, you’ll need a cleaning that goes beyond your regular check-up.
Your regular dentist cleanings in Fairfax are an essential aspect of maintaining your oral health. Routine cleanings for healthy mouths every 6 months focus on preventative maintenance. Once gum disease and poor oral hygiene progress past when a preventative cleaning is appropriate, deep cleanings may be required (Often called “SRP” Scaling and Root Planing and Periodontal Maintenance Cleanings)
While periodontal gum disease cannot be cured, with deep SRP cleanings in combination with periodontal maintenance cleanings, our Oakton Family Dentistry team helps stop the progression of gum disease.
Deep Dental Cleanings for Optimized Oral Health
Scaling & Root Planing
We use special tools and techniques to remove plaque that’s built up below your gum line and reattach your gums to your teeth.
For gum recession, we use a minimally invasive technique to restore your gum line and protect your teeth.
What is gingivitis?
Knowledge is a powerful resource, and it can give you the opportunity to fight back and make an impactful decision for your smile going forward.
Gingivitis is a common gum disease that causes inflammation and irritation. It’s the earliest form of gum disease. You may notice some gum recession and bleeding when you floss. Gingivitis, if treated early, is reversible with a thorough cleaning and regular home care.
Dentist Cleanings in FairFax
Gum disease is a fairly common condition that affects the gum tissue surrounding the teeth, the supporting ligaments, and even the bone structure in the jaw. As gum disease progresses, it becomes increasingly destructive.
When you visit our team at Oakton Family Dentistry, we check your smile for the presence of gum disease at every visit and alert you if the condition is present. While gum disease can be treated at home with proper brushing and flossing in its first stage, once it advances, it becomes incurable.
Our team prioritizes your health and works hard to ensure your entire family has a healthy smile for life.
Frequently Asked Questions
During your routine dental exam, we may recommend a deep cleaning if there are signs of advanced periodontal disease.
Your hygienist is your teammate and #1 supporter of your oral health! They will tell you at your visit what would be best for your dental health.
In its early stages, gum disease (gingivitis) is reversible with a thorough cleaning and a good at-home oral care routine.
Periodontal disease (a progressed version of gingivitis) is not reversible once it reaches areas that cause bone loss and further infection.
Bleeding when you floss, inflammation, and swollen or receding gums are the most common signs of gum disease. Advanced gum disease can cause consistently bad breath and loose teeth. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your dentist.
During a deep cleaning, we’ll use a scaler to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Then we’ll smooth the tooth root to allow the gum to tighten up to the tooth. In some cases, we may place an antibiotic medicine in the gum pocket to combat further infection. You may only need deep cleaning for a few teeth, or it may be widespread. Your dentist will talk you through your specific needs.