At WNC Dental, we do our very best to make sure your experience in our office is as pleasant as possible. Knowing the “why” and “how” behind your treatment can make your visit even easier. We’ve rounded up some of our most popular questions about cleanings, so you know what to expect before you even step foot in the door.
How often do I need a dental cleaning?
Healthy patients should visit the dentist at least twice a year for a dental cleaning. Some patients may require more frequent cleaning appointments, especially if care has lapsed. Luckily, once a patient’s condition has improved, the frequency of visits can decrease.
Will my dental cleaning hurt?
Typically, patients report little more than mild discomfort during a cleaning. Our hygienists are skilled at keeping the cleaning procedure as painless as possible, and our office is equipped with a range of specialized cleaning tools that help balance thoroughness and comfort. Calming essential oils are also available for patients upon request. For deep cleaning procedures, we use an anesthetic to make sure the process is pain-free.
How much does a cleaning cost?
Our cleanings are competitively priced compared to other dental offices in the region and country. While the exact price will depend on your unique needs and insurance, our cleaning fees are typically $100 or less. Note that your total visit cost may reflect additional treatments, depending on your needs. For example, new patients must receive a comprehensive exam, which includes a number of important assessments not included in routine cleaning appointments.
My dentist told me I need a deep cleaning. What does that mean?
Depending on the doctor’s assessment, some patients may require deeper cleaning. This process, known as scaling and root planing, is often recommended when significant plaque buildup (calculus) or deep pocketing in the gum tissue is present. Scaling and root planing is more intensive than a traditional cleaning and requires several appointments to complete. Deep cleaning is intended to jumpstart your regular hygiene routine, not to serve as a permanent treatment solution. Once a patient’s oral hygiene condition has improved, deep cleaning visits can become less frequent and eventually will be replaced with traditional cleanings.