Periodontal disease occurs when calculus, tarter and plaque buildup start to cause inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, it can lead to serious damage and bone loss surrounding the teeth, and eventually tooth loss.
Deep teeth cleanings usually require 2 to 3 visits to the hygienist. A local anesthetic is used to numb the mouth during deep cleaning so the patient is comfortable and experiences virtually no pain. A follow-up visit several weeks after the deep cleaning will ensure that the gums are healing properly and home care is being followed.