What is Deep Teeth Cleaning?
A deep teeth cleaning is not the same as a regular cleaning. You might see it referred to as scaling and planing. It’s often done to prevent or cure gum disease. As you may have guessed it doesn’t come cheap. Expect to pay $150 to $350 for a deep teeth cleaning without insurance.
Why Do You Need Deep Teeth Cleaning?
Gum disease is an infection that damages the gum tissue and even your jawbone if it’s not treated. It can separate your teeth from your gums and bacteria grows in these ‘pockets’ that form.
Forget trying to brush the problem away with a regular toothbrush. This needs professional treatment. During a deep teeth cleaning, your dentist will get underneath your gums and remove harmful bacteria.
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
If the thought of having to pay for a deep teeth cleaning without insurance makes you feel a little sick, don’t worry. You can prevent it at home by:
Brushing your teeth twice per day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash;
Using a tooth cleaner at home to get rid of any stubborn plaque before it causes more serious problems;
Visiting your dentist at least twice per year.
What Happens During a Deep Teeth Cleaning?
Your dentist may use a local anaesthetic to numb the area. They’ll then use a hand-held scraping tool to get under your gums and clean out any bacteria. The last step is smoothing out the roots of your teeth to help your gums reattach.
After the deep teeth cleaning, expect to have sensitive teeth for a week or so. However, this is a small price to pay when your teeth have been restored back to health. Just remember to keep up with a good oral hygiene routine!
Deep Teeth Cleaning without Insurance-How Can I Pay?
If you’ve been told you need a deep teeth cleaning and you’re worried about covering the cost, you can try:
- Asking your dentist if they offer payment plans;
- Getting an affordable dental insurance plan from the Affordable Care Act exchange in your state;
- Getting help to pay for your dental procedures through a charitable organization such as the Dental Lifeline Network;
- Visiting a federally qualified health care center which provides free or low cost dental services to those who are at or below the federal poverty level.
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