Is deep cleaning teeth painful- Understanding the Basics

When it comes to cleaning the teeth professionally, there are mainly two types of cleaning. One is cleaning the visible portion of the tooth, known as prophylactic cleaning. Prophylactic cleaning is indicated every 3-4 months; the other type of cleaning is called deep cleaning.

Deep cleaning involves the removal of tartar and deposits from the root surface of the teeth. It is indicated in cases with moderate to advanced levels of gum disease. Now, the question that arises in the mind: Is deep cleaning teeth painful? The short answer to this most common query is no; it is not painful at all. If you want to understand the basics of deep cleaning and how is it a painless procedure, then read the information provided below- brought to you by Bangalore Dental Specialists

How to proceed? – Is deep cleaning teeth painful

Clinical Examination

The first and foremost step of deep cleaning is the comprehensive examination of your current dental status. Bleeding gums, swollen gums, and mobility of teeth are all signs of gum disease. Our team at Bangalore Dental Specialists will clinically examine your teeth and gums before formulating a customised plan. 


A special probe type is used to identify the depth of pockets around the teeth. Digital X-rays are conducted to determine bone level. The whole process of examination is done carefully and gently without causing any pain. After the examination, a customised treatment plan is formulated. 


Once the treatment plan is ready, we move on to the anaesthesia part. 

Local anaesthesia is used to carry out the deep cleaning procedure. It is important to numb the site for a painless experience. This process minimises the discomfort and provides a hassle-free experience. To provide a more comfortable experience, we also use anaesthetic gels and sprays before using the anaesthetic injection. 


Specialised tools are used to clean the root surface of the teeth. Hand instruments are generally preferred for deep cleaning procedures. Hand root planing instruments provide better control and a more comfortable experience. 

Roots are the areas where we find the deposited tartar and infected gum lining. It is important to clean the area for a thorough cleaning gently. 

To increase the overall effectiveness of the cleaning, we use anti-microbial mouthwash. 

Aftercare of deep cleaning

There are certain aftercare instructions that you need to follow for a speedy recovery and an overall comfortable experience.

  • Avoid hot and spicy food items for the initial few days. Do not eat on the day of the procedure till the effect of anaesthesia wears off. 
  • Follow the instructions regarding the medicines, if any
  • Do not brush for the first 24hrs and start gently the next day
  • Use warm saline rinses to clean the area after 24hrs
  • Use antimicrobial mouthwash as instructed


The bottom line of this discussion is that deep cleaning is an important procedure to restore gum health. It is an entirely painless procedure done by our experts. If you have any symptoms of gum problems, then pain should not be a factor you should be thinking about while planning to get the deep cleaning done

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