- Deep Cleaning is the layman’s term for the periodontal procedure called scaling and root planing. It is considered surgical because it involves removing unwanted debris (calculus or tartar and plaque) from the tooth or teeth below the gumline. Because this occurs below the level of the gum tissue, it is considered an invasive or surgical procedure. However, in reality, it is just the scraping or “scaling” of the teeth that we all have experienced above the gumline during a regular cleaning. The term “deep cleaning” is used because the scaling occurs below the gumline. Since it is below the gumline, we usually recommend the use of local anesthesia to make the area numb.
- Extraction is the official term for “pulling” teeth. Most extractions can be performed in our office. Extremely complicated extractions, however, are referred to an oral surgeon.