Village Dental Care

Deep Clean (Periodontal Treatment)

Targeting Gum Disease with Advanced Periodontal Therapy

Gum disease, if not addressed in its early stages, can escalate into periodontitis, a more severe form of the condition characterised by deepening pockets between the gums and teeth, and potential bone loss. At Village Dental Care, we prioritise early intervention and effective treatment strategies, with Deep Clean (Periodontal Treatment) serving as a fundamental component of our periodontal care.

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Dr. Justin Tan’s Expert Approach to Periodontal Therapy

Under the expert care of Dr. Justin Tan, patients undergoing deep cleaning for gum disease receive personalised treatment plans tailored to the severity of their condition. Dr. Tan combines his extensive knowledge with gentle techniques to ensure patient comfort throughout the procedure. For patients with anxiety or sensitivity, numbing agents are applied to minimise discomfort, making the experience as pain-free as possible.

Understanding Deep Clean (Periodontal Treatment)

Dr Tan performs the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease with the aid of a dental operating microscope. This significantly enhances the detection and removal of calculus that is buried deep under your gums, leading to excellent outcomes for our periodontal patients.

Scaling

This step removes tartar (calculus) and plaque from the tooth and root surfaces. Scaling is performed with specialised instruments or ultrasonic devices that meticulously clean the periodontal pockets, ensuring all harmful bacteria are removed.

Root Planing

Following scaling, root planing smooths the root surfaces, discouraging further plaque and tartar build-up and removing bacterial by-products that contribute to inflammation and delay healing or reattachment of the gum to the tooth surfaces.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Regular cleaning, or prophylaxis, focuses on the surfaces of the teeth and the gumline, primarily targeting plaque and tartar build-up to prevent gum disease. Deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, is a more intensive procedure aimed at treating existing gum disease by removing plaque and tartar from below the gumline and smoothing the roots of the teeth to help the gums reattach.

Signs that you might need a deep cleaning include bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, loose teeth, receding gumline, and deep pockets between your gums and teeth. A comprehensive dental examination, including measuring the depth of your gum pockets, can determine if deep cleaning is necessary.

Patients may experience some discomfort during and after the deep cleaning process. However, local anaesthesia can be used to numb the area being treated, significantly reducing any pain. Additionally, Dr. Tan and the team at Village Dental Care prioritise patient comfort and will ensure the procedure is as pain-free as possible.

After a deep cleaning, it’s common to experience some sensitivity and slight bleeding. Your gums may also be a bit tender. These symptoms typically subside within a few days. Dr. Tan will provide specific aftercare instructions to help minimise discomfort and promote healing.

The duration of the deep cleaning process depends on the severity of the gum disease and the number of quadrants (sections of the mouth) that need treatment. It usually requires at least two visits to the dentist, with each session focusing on one side of the mouth.

After the initial deep cleaning, Dr. Tan will assess the health of your gums and determine the best maintenance plan. Some patients may need more frequent cleanings, such as every three or four months, to keep gum disease under control. Regular check-ups will help monitor your oral health and prevent the recurrence of periodontal disease.

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Post-Treatment Care and Maintenance

Following deep cleaning, patients will receive detailed instructions on home care to support the healing process and prevent recurrence. Regular follow-up visits are essential to monitor healing and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. Maintaining diligent oral hygiene at home and adhering to recommended follow-up care are critical for achieving the best outcomes.

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    If you’re experiencing signs of gum disease, or if it’s time for your routine check-up, don’t hesitate to reach out to Village Dental Care. Early intervention with treatments like deep cleaning can protect your oral health and prevent more serious complications.