Routine periodontal cleanings are a key component in healthy dental care habits. Deep cleanings are performed when regular dental cleanings have been neglected for more than six months. It is recommended you get a periodontal evaluation once every year. This helps your dentist determine if there are any health issues to be concerned about and see if any additional treatments are necessary.

Why Would I Require a Deep Cleaning?

Periodontal disease — also known as gum disease — is a slow-progressing disease. Damage can range from mild gum inflammation to a painfully serious disease that results in major damage to your jaw structure. There are many reasons periodontitis can develop. Factors such as smoking tobacco, poor diet, stress, poor oral hygiene and genetics all play a role in the development of periodontal (gum) disease. There are many signs to look out for at each stage of periodontal disease. A few major warning signs to look out for are bleeding gums, severe plaque build-up, and inflamed or swollen gums. To prevent further damage to the jawline structure, your dentist may recommend a deep dental cleaning. This will allow your mouth to heal and recover from gum disease.

The Process

A deep cleaning includes two steps — scaling and root planing. Scaling means removing plaque and tartar from the surface of teeth and from any pockets. “Pockets” are the spaces between the teeth and gums that measure five millimeters or more. The second part of the deep cleaning process is root planing. The dental hygienist will use a scaling instrument to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of the roots of your teeth. A scaling and root planing procedure will require a minimum of two visits as an appointment. A follow-up visit may be necessary to confirm that your gums and teeth are getting healthier and there is no pocket depth.


Costs of deep cleanings vary depending on the severity of the gum disease condition. The cost could vary anywhere from $80 per quadrant up to $300 per quadrant.

Speak to your dentist or contact your insurance provider to be certain cost of deep cleaning is covered.

For more information about deep dental cleanings in San Juan Capistrano, California, and to set up an appointment with Dr. Mojgan Niktash and Dr. Abrak Etemad, please contact Paradise Dental Practice at 949-481-2121.