Deep cleaning is an advanced form of cleaning where we address buildup and infected tissue underneath the gums.
This is different from regular cleaning because regular cleaning, otherwise known as prophylaxis, focus on the area of the teeth above the gums.
We use instruments called scaler to scrape on the surface of the teeth to make it as smooth as possible. Another tool we use is called cavitron, which use high frequency vibrations and water flow to clean the teeth.
The best analogy for for the buildup or calculus is barnacle on the ship. Our job is to scrape the surface as smooth as possible so that bacterias or germs do grow around the buildup and cause severe gum disease.
This image shows the buildup on the tooth before patient had a deep cleaning done.
This image shows the buildup is gone after the deep cleaning.