Dental Deep Cleaning in Lynnwood

Treatment for Gum Disease and Periodontitis Lynnwood

Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing (deep cleaning) in Lynnwood

The objective of "scaling and root planing" (also known as deep cleaning) is to remove dental plaque and tartar which cause inflammation to the gingival (gum) tissue and surrounding bone.  Conventional procedures remove plaque and tartar, but these non-surgical procedures are effective for individuals suffering from minimal to moderate gingivitis. 

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Treatment for gum disease and periodontitis, scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) is only performed after a thorough examination of the mouth.  Your dentist will take X-rays, conduct visual examinations and make a diagnosis. Depending on the current condition of the gums, the amount of tartar present, the depth of the pockets and the progression of the periodontitis, your dentist will determine whether scaling and root panning is appropriate for you.



This procedure is usually performed with special dental instruments and may include an ultrasonic scaling tool.  The scaling tool removes calculus and plaque from the surface of the crown and root surfaces.  In many cases, the scaling tool includes an irrigation process that can be used to deliver an antimicrobial agent below the gums that can help reduce oral bacteria.


Root Planing 


This procedure is a specific treatment that serves to remove cementum and surface dentin that is embedded with unwanted bacteria, toxins, and tartar.  Root planing literally removes all these things and promotes good healing.


Why Do You Need Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing? 



  • Disease prevention – The oral bacteria which cause periodontal infections can travel via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Scaling and root planing remove bacteria and halts the periodontal disease from progressing.

  • Tooth protection – When gum pockets exceed 3 mm in-depth, there is a greater risk of periodontal disease.  As pockets deepen, they tend to house more colonies of dangerous bacteria, which may lead to tooth loss.  

  • Aesthetic effects – Scaling and root planing help remove tartar and plaque from the teeth and below the gumline.  

  • Better breath – One of the most common signs of periodontal disease is halitosis (bad breath).  Food particles and bacteria can cause a persistent bad odor in your oral cavity which is alleviated with cleaning procedures such as scaling and root planing.



Periodontal Maintenance in Lynnwood 

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Periodontal maintenance has been proven to be the most important phase of periodontal therapy.  Regardless of what comes before, be it scaling and root planning or surgical care, the maintenance phase determines the long-term success of care. During a maintenance appointment, often called by patients “a cleaning” the therapist examines the mouth, removes plaque, hard deposits are known as calculus or tartar, polishes the teeth and reinforces home care such as brushing/flossing, etc.


Another crucial part of maintenance is the periodontal exam. The only way to know if a patient is stable, better or worse.  The interval for maintenance appointments is determined by the dentist based on each patient’s needs. My average recommended interval is 3 or 4 months.


Periodontal disease is a chronic (meaning its always there) situation. The goal of therapy is to attain the best level of health as possible and maintain that for a lifetime.  Sometimes life gets in the way of keeping up with maintenance. It’s always a surprise to see how much time passes for some of our patients when they return to re-establish our relationship. Perio therapy works, but you need to be consistent to get better results. The point is that something is better than nothing when it comes to maintenance so don’t get overwhelmed thinking it’s too much of a long-term commitment.

Cost of Deep Cleaning

At Lynnwood Dental Studio, deep cleaning (periodontal scaling and root planing) costs between $165 and $220, depending on the number of teeth involved. 

Contact your local dentist at Lynnwood Dental Studio to schedule an appointment. You can also book an appointment at your convenience on our website.

Frequently asked gum disease questions

Is bad breath normal?

Bad breath, also called as oral malodor or halitosis, is a common condition. For most people it is common and a temporary issue and nothing to worry about. Bad breath lasting more than a few days can be a sign of serious problem. Your dentist can check and determine if the bad breath is due to infection, gum disease, or tooth decay.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is the damage to the tissue adjacent and underneath the teeth. Gum disease can weaken the support for the teeth and changes the overall appearance of the mouth. Gums diseases are divided into two categories: Gingivitis and Periodontitis. The main difference is that the gingivitis cause tooth cavities and tooth decay, while the periodontitis causes tooth loss.

What causes gum disease?

Building of dental plaque, a biofilm of bacteria and the byproducts produced by the bacteria, causes gum disease.

What are the signs and symptoms of gum disease?

Gums that easily bleed during and after tooth brushing. Swelling of gums, bad breath, loose teeth.

How to treat gum disease?

The only way to cure gum disease is to seek professional treatment. However, to help lessen symptoms and reduce chances of it advancing, you can do certain things at home. Make sure that you brush and floss at least twice a day.

How to stop or cure gum disease?

See the answer above.

How to prevent gum disease?

Regular professional cleaning and brushing for two to three minutes, at least twice a day, along the gumline. Also, floss daily to remove plaque from places that your toothbrush can’t reach.

How to get rid of gum disease?

The only way to get rid of the gum disease is by getting regular professional cleaning of your teeth cleaning by a dentist or hygienist. Also, floss daily to remove plaque from places that your toothbrush can’t reach.

What is scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing (also called deep cleaning) remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. Deep cleaning consists of two steps. Scaling is when your dentist removes all the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) above and below the gumline, making sure to clean all the way down to the bottom of the pocket. Root planing is where your dentist will be smoothing out your teeth roots to help your gums reattach to your teeth.

Does dental scaling hurt?

During teeth scaling, your dentist or dental hygienist will numb the gums and tooth roots with a local anesthesia. Thus, teeth scaling and root planing cause very little discomfort.

What is periodontal maintenance?

Periodontal maintenance is also teeth cleaning, but it is performed on patients who already developed a gum disease. Unlike regular cleaning, periodontal cleaning involves removing plaque from the pockets created by the gum disease.

Is periodontal maintenance necessary?

Unlike regular cleaning provided to patients without a gum disease, periodontal maintenance is offered to patients with active gum disease. Periodontal maintenance is necessary to keep the disease under control.

How much deep cleaning costs?

At Lynnwood Dental Studio, deep cleaning (periodontal scaling and root planing) costs between $165 and $220, depending on the number of teeth involved.

How often deep cleaning is done?

The frequency of deep cleaning on the status of gum disease. Once periodontal disease is controlled, deep cleaning is not needed often, but you to see the dentist to prevent further progression of periodontal disease.

What is Gingivitis?

The build-up of dental plaque (a biofilm of bacteria and the byproducts produced by the bacteria) causes gingivitis. Gingivitis makes the gums inflamed – red and swollen – and may bleed easily, especially during toothbrushing or flossing. With regular dental exam and teeth cleaning, gingivitis can be reversed and controlled.

What causes periodontitis?

Long-term accumulation of dental plaque lead to periodontitis, in which, the destruction of tissue and bone causes tooth loss.

How to avoid gum disease?

The best way to prevent gum disease from developing to removing as removal of as much plaque as possible every day by using oral hygiene aids (toothbrushes, between-teeth cleaning aids, rinses, etc.) recommended to you by your dentist or dental hygienist.

Is fluoride treatment effective for teeth?

Fluoride is one of the most effective agents for preventing dental decay. Typically, low amounts of fluoride are available in municipal water supplies, toothpastes, and mouth protect against tooth decay. However, prescribe higher amounts of fluoride if you are at high risk of developing dental decay.

How much teeth cleaning costs?

At Lynnwood Dental Studio, professional theeth cleaning cost between $75 to $200, depending on the extent of cleaning required.

How often I need professional teeth cleaning?

If your oral health is in good condition, your dentist or dental hygienist will suggest professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year.

How long does teeth cleaning take?

Depending on the condition of your teeth, the time it takes for a cleaning varies. Usually, the whole appointment can last between 30 minutes and an hour.

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