Teeth Deep Cleaning (SRP) in Medford, OR
Let’s keep your gums healthy!
Have You Been Told You Need a Deep Cleaning?
Dr. Catt provides a no-pressure environment — we’ll help you take control of your health and make the best decision for you.
In fact, we’re known for our thoroughness when it comes to explaining a diagnosis and treatment recommendation. We’ll help you understand why we recommend this treatment, how advanced hygiene appointments will benefit you, and what to expect.
Through it all, enjoy our welcoming office, friendly team, and attention to your comfort.
Taking care of your health and improving your smile should always be this simple and empowering.
“Dr. Catt and team make going to the dentist enjoyable. From their friendly smiles to the chapstick applied so you don’t get dry lips during your appointment to the warm scented towel at the end – it’s 5-star service.”
— Kaitlin N.
Regular Cleaning or Deep Cleaning/Advanced Hygiene Therapy?
Regular cleanings are important to your ongoing health and wellness. We recommend that all our patients come to see us every 6 months for these routine cleanings. During these visits, your hygienist will remove plaque from the surface of your teeth and from between your teeth.
Advanced hygiene therapy, also called a deep cleaning or scaling and root planing (SRP), is for those who have gum and jaw bone disease or are at high risk of gum and bone disease. During a deep cleaning, we remove bacteria and plaque from the surface of the teeth normally covered by gum tissue. This “hidden” area under your gums is where gum-disease-causing bacteria love to hide and cause problems.
What to Expect from Scaling & Root Planing
Unlike your routine dental cleaning, periodontal therapy (scaling and root planing) cleans beneath your gums and includes two main steps:
- Scaling: We carefully remove plaque and tartar from the tooth surface
- Root Planing: We clean the roots of your teeth, smoothing them to remove bacterial toxins
We’ll ensure your comfort throughout the procedure and offer this treatment with or without laser therapy and anesthesia, depending on your preference. If necessary, we may spread your deep cleaning over 2 appointments.
Does going to the dentist make you anxious? Nervous about an advanced hygiene therapy visit? We offer nitrous oxide sedation and complimentary gum desensitizer to help you feel more comfortable.
Enjoy Your Experience
We’ll help you feel comfortable and at ease throughout your deep cleaning.
We get to know you and develop a relationship built on mutual trust.
You’ll receive high-quality care and the best outcomes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is advanced hygiene therapy and root planing the same as deep cleaning?
Yes. They are referring to the same thing.
What is an advanced hygiene deep cleaning for?
Plaque is always forming on your teeth. Your routine at-home care combined with regular dental cleanings will help keep plaque under control. However, if plaque and calculus advance beyond the gum line, it can’t be removed through regular brushing so gum disease can develop. In this case, advanced hygiene therapy (also called a deep cleaning) is a great way to address the issue before it causes greater damage.
Who needs an advanced cleaning?
An advanced deep cleaning is a great way to address early gum disease. We often recommend this treatment for those who have…
- Excessive plaque and tartar buildup
- 4-5 millimeter pockets of bacteria
- Other signs of gum disease
- History of gum disease
Gum disease can be caused by many things. For example, genetics and some illnesses can make your body more susceptible. Other common causes include hypertension medication and hormonal changes.
Why is gum and bone disease bad?
Gum and bone disease can lead to serious complications like infections and damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw — in fact, it’s the leading cause of tooth loss. There’s also research showing that heart disease and diabetes may be linked to untreated gum and bone disease.
Early detection and advanced hygiene therapy is necessary to treat bone and gum disease and keep your mouth healthy.
“Dr. Catt and his staff are wonderful! They are professional and kind and they go above and beyond in making their patients comfortable. You can tell they really care about their patients. I highly recommend!”
– Cathy B.