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Discover what a dental deep cleaning is and how it differs from a regular cleaning
Find out how to know if you need a deep cleaning
Learn how to care for your teeth and prevent needing a deep cleaning in the future
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What is dental deep cleaning?

You’re probably familiar with the process for a standard dental cleaning, which focuses on removing plaque and tartar build-up that’s above the gumline on the teeth. When plaque build-up is significant, though, the risk of gum disease is heightened. Bacteria start to form pockets just under the gumline and it’s difficult to remove with a standard cleaning.

That’s when the treatment of deep cleaning teeth – also referred to as root planing, scaling, or deep gum cleaning – becomes necessary. The process effectively removes plaque and bacteria from below the gumline to prevent gum disease and possible tooth decay in the future.

How do you know if you need dental deep cleaning?

Plaque build-up or bacteria below the gumline is typically the result of improper oral hygiene or infrequent standard dental cleanings, but the buildup isn’t always obvious. There isn’t necessarily pain or discomfort, and many patients have the beginning stages of gum disease, which is known as gingivitis, without even knowing it. There are, however, some symptoms you can watch out for.

Common oral issues that indicate a need for a deep gum cleaning include:

  • EConsistent bad breath
  • EA perpetual bad taste
  • EGums that bleed easily
  • ERedness, swollenness, or tenderness in gums
  • EGums that pull away from teeth
  • EPermanent teeth that have become loose
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, we’re here to help! At Brimfield Family Dentistry, we can diagnose the beginning stages of gum disease and provide deep cleaning treatments.

Call us today at (309) 320-8750 to schedule a consultation with a dentist.

Deep cleaning process?

Deep gum cleanings are usually performed over two appointments so that only one side of your mouth is deep cleaned at a time. This helps you to be able to eat and speak comfortably after your appointment. The first side of the mouth is numbed with a local anesthetic or numbing cream before a dental scaler is used to manually scrape away plaque under the gumline.

In some cases, an ultrasonic dental device is used, which vibrates to break away plaque and tartar that is hard to reach with the scaler. If root planing is necessary, that process involves smoothing out any rough patches on your tooth’s root, which discourages bacteria from sticking to it. Depending on the severity of the infection, an antibiotic gel may be placed in your gums to fight off residual bacteria.

Answers to your questions


Does a deep cleaning hurt?

Since the deep cleaning is removing plaque and tartar below the gumline, the process can be uncomfortable and painful. That’s why a local anesthetic is typically administered prior to treatment so that your gums are numbed before any scaling is performed.

What should be expected after a deep gum cleaning?

Swollen gums, tenderness, and soreness are to be expected immediately after teeth are deep cleaned. Slight bleeding when brushing your teeth is also normal for the couple of days following the scaling treatment.

A follow-up appointment is typically scheduled 4-6 weeks after your second deep cleaning appointment to ensure the gums are healing well and pockets are shrinking. It’s typically also recommended that the frequency of your regular cleanings is increased to ensure plaque is controlled and the gum infection doesn’t return.


What are my payment options?

At Brimfield Family Dentistry, we believe everyone deserves high-quality care, regardless of their financial situation. We’re in-network with most major insurance providers and offer flexible payment plans with 0% interest. No insurance? That’s okay! We have an in-house membership plan for uninsured patients. Learn more about our payment options.

Did you know:

Most dental insurances cover 100% of your twice-a-year dental cleanings and exams. For those without insurance, ask about our in-house membership plan, starting at $34/month.

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We’re in-network with most major insurance providers. Please contact us to confirm that we accept your plan.

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What to Expect


We take new high-tech x-rays once a year to ensure we keep your records up to date and can catch any developing issues.


Your dental hygienist will gently clean your teeth, removing plaque or tartar and polishing your teeth to remove stains.


Meet with your dentist! Clint will conduct a thorough exam, including oral cancer screening and bite analysis. If we do notice an issue, we’ll discuss treatment options.

Hear from our patients


As someone who deals with a lot of anxiety around going to the dentist, everyone there put me at ease and went above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable.

– Holly H.

Only the best for you and your family

At Brimfield Family Dentistry, we consider it an honor to provide comprehensive, personalized dental care to you and your family. We prioritize long-term relationships with our patients and specialize in a wide range of general, surgical, and cosmetic dental procedures to ensure we can provide you with the care you need.

Your comfort is important to us. If you struggle with dental anxiety, we can work with you to make your visit with us as comfortable and manageable as possible, and we have sedation options for those who need it.


Monday: 7am–3pm
Tuesday: 7am–3pm
Wednesday: 8:30am–3pm
Thursday: 7am–3pm
Friday: 7am–3pm


232 E. Knoxville St.
Brimfield, IL 61517

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