Even the most hygiene-dedicated patients who brush and floss regularly will never achieve the same results as that of a dental cleaning. For the best dental health and cavity prevention, it is important to have your teeth professionally cleaned, polished and treated with fluoride twice a year. Some patients may require more extensive dental deep cleaning occasionally. For periodontal therapy in Lake County, IL, Greenwood Dental Care delivers a comprehensive deep cleaning by trained dental hygienists.

What is Dental Deep Cleaning?female patient in chair smiles as dentist comes in with dental tools for a dental deep cleaning

Most people are familiar with the regular cleaning they receive if they visit their dentist every six months. The dental hygienist will clean the areas between your teeth with a tool, scraping the plaque and tartar build-up. The space between your teeth and the space between your gums and teeth can collect plaque and tartar. Even regular dental cleaning cannot get to all the areas necessary to eliminate the bacteria that may accumulate. A deep cleaning goes to the gum line and below to eliminate all the plaque and tartar build-up.

Components of Dental Deep Cleaning

The components of dental deep cleaning are scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing dental deep cleaning in Lake County, IL are accomplished by experienced dental hygienists at Greenwood Dental Care.


Healthy gums have a very small area between the tooth and gum, but if the periodontal/gum disease has set in, then there is a larger margin. This larger gap can fill up with food particles, bacteria, and plaque. During scaling, the dental professional will use a small metal tool that is equipped to reach along the gum line and under the gums.

Root Planing

During the root planing procedure, your tooth roots are cleaned with an instrument or laser. The hygienist will remove the bacteria from all the hard-to-reach areas during the process, therefore ensuring you won’t get any further gum disease problems.

When Do You Need to Have a Dental Deep Cleaning?

Dentists recommend obtaining a deep cleaning if you haven’t had a regular cleaning for a long period of time or if the gum pocket measures more than 4 millimeters. This measurement indicates periodontal disease.

What to Expect During Your Visit

Your dental deep cleaning may be separated into two or four visits. The dental hygienist will work on each section (quadrant) of your mouth at a time. Because this procedure is uncomfortable and probes down below the gum line, your dental hygienist will most likely provide you with a local anesthetic. This will make the procedure more comfortable.

When the procedure is complete, you may have some minor swelling and bleeding of the gums. Your dentist will give you instructions on how to deal with the situation as you heal. You will return for a follow-up visit shortly. There, the dentist can assess your progress and ensure that the healing is complete.

Introducing Greenwood Dental Care

At Greenwood Dental Care, our doctors and dental team are dedicated to providing the most comprehensive dental care available. We ensure that our patients have the most comfortable environment possible. 

In addition to dental examinations and cleanings, the dental staff at Greenwood Dental Care offers a wide array of cosmetic and restorative solutions. From smile makeover treatments such as porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, and cosmetic bonding, to smile restoration treatments such as root canals, dental crowns, and even dentures, our patients have the full range of dental treatment options at their disposal.

Don’t let bad oral health interfere with or take control of your life. You can overcome your gum disease by getting dental deep cleaning today. Contact us at 855.528.3961 today.