Dental Deep Cleaning San Francisco

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Regular Cleaning or Deep Teeth Cleaning?

Dr. Patel, San Francisco’s leading holistic dentist

I recommend every patient receive 2 regular cleanings every year as part of their bi-annual dental exams. These cleanings remove tartar and plaque on the surface of the teeth and a great way to deter decay but aren’t used to treat gum disease.

As part of your regular cleaning and dental exam, your gums will be measured, a test for gum recession and disease.

If there are signs of gum disease, a dental deep cleaning or other periodontal treatment may be recommended. A deep teeth cleaning should be done as soon as needed because it will you keep your teeth longer.

I’ll help you understand the treatments available to you and we’ll find a solution that is right for you!

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Our Gentle, Holistic Approach to Dental Deep Cleanings

Dental deep cleanings, also known as scaling or planning treatments, have a scary reputation. Even the name might make you feel a little nervous. However, a deep cleaning is one of the best ways to reverse gum disease, especially when it is detected early during a holistic dental exam.


    What to Expect During a Deep Cleaning

    Before your procedure, Dr. Patel will take a whole health history to prepare for your cleaning. Some patients need to premedicate with antibiotics prior to the procedure and if that’s the case, we’ll help walk you through how to do that. 

    Next, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area. Usually, deep cleanings are done in quadrants, or fourths, and depending on the severity of the patient’s condition, not all quadrants may be done the same day. Only the section being cleaned will be numbed for your comfort. 

    Then, we begin to remove plaque and tartar on the surfaces of your teeth, in between them, and deep under your gum line with special tools, including an ultrasonic cleaner and a diode laser. Our advanced technology allows us to offer a more thorough cleaning than traditional tools that are used to scrape tartar away. If necessary, we may apply an antibiotic solution directly to your gums to kill difficult-to-reach bacteria. 

    Once your procedure is complete, we’ll follow up with you to check on your healing progress and monitor the health of your gums. For severe periodontitis, more than one deep cleaning may be needed to fully resolve the condition.


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      Regular Cleaning vs. Deep Cleaning

      Regular Cleaning Deep Teeth Cleaning
      Fights & Reverses Gum Disease
      Removes Plaque & Tartar Below the Gumline
      Prevents Tissue & Bone Loss

      Our Innovative Approach to Deep Cleanings

      Thorough Exams Catch Gum Disease Early

      Twice yearly dental exams allow us to catch gum disease in the earliest stages. We try to minimize the chances you’ll need a dental deep cleaning at all.

      High-Tech Ultrasonic Tools Work Wonders

      Unlike other dentists who may use manual cleaning tools, our dentists and hygienists use ultrasonic cleaning tools that oxygenate, clean deeper and are less invasive.

      Spa-Like Amenities Eliminate Anxiety

      Aromatherapy, noise-cancelling headphones, and our other amenities help you relax before, during, and after your deep teeth cleaning.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      How Long Does a Deep Cleaning Take?
      Depending on how much plaque and tartar need to be removed, your dental deep cleaning may be completed in as little as a single appointment (lasting about 90 minutes). In some cases we may recommend 2 appointments about 2-3 weeks apart for best results.

      I Brush and Floss! Why Do I Need a Deep Cleaning?
      Gum disease and gum recession aren’t always the result of poor brushing habits. Genetics and some illnesses can make your body more susceptible to gum disease. Common causes include hypertension medication and hormonal changes.
      Don’t blame yourself!

      Will I Need Antibiotics After My Deep Cleaning?
      By using high-tech ultrasonic cleaning tools and a diode laser we can minimize bleeding and complications from your deep cleaning. This means that in many cases you won’t need antibiotics after your deep cleaning. However every case is unique and Dr. Patel will talk to you about whether antibiotics are right for you.

      How Serious is Gum Disease?
      Many people don’t realize this but gum disease can lead to serious complications including serious infections and damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw. There’s even research showing that heart disease and diabetes may be linked to untreated gum disease. Infection that enters the body through the gums can easily spread throughout your body.

      The good news is that gum disease is easily treated! Early detection and a deep cleaning may be all that are needed to stop gum disease in its tracks.

      “Dr. Patel was so patient, soothing, empathetic and kind to me. She went way beyond any dentist I’ve ever met in my life in how her and her staff took care of me.”

      – Kathryn S.

      Visit Our San Francisco Dentist Office

      Our modern dental office in Union Square is the first of its kind in San Francisco. You’ll find environmentally sustainable features and the latest technology throughout our space– including the furniture in the waiting room.

      We believe that when our patients are comfortable they are less anxious and their deep teeth cleaning treatments produce better results. That’s why we take pride in offering spa-like amenities, including:

      • Aromatherapy
      • Warm blankets and neck wraps
      • Essential oils & crystal healing
      • Noise-cancelling headphones

      What do your teeth say about your health?

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      “Not only is Dr. Patel a gentle and efficient dentist, she also extends warmth and personal attention to each patient.”

      – Marissa B.

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      Phone: (415) 433-0119
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