Deep Cleanings Specialist

Jennifer Cha, DMD, MS -  - Periodontist

Jennifer Cha, DMD, MS

Periodontist & Cosmetic Dentist located in South Pasadena, CA

If your teeth hurt or you have tender, bleeding gums, you may have some form of gum disease. To fight it off before it advances, invest in a deep cleaning at Jennifer Cha, DMD, located in South Pasadena, California. During deep cleanings, Dr. Cha cleans the surface of your teeth and teeth roots and gets underneath them, where bacteria like to hide. She offers deep cleanings to patients exhibiting signs of gum disease, as well as those who haven’t had a cleaning in over six months. Take care of your oral health by booking an appointment over the phone today.

Deep Cleanings Q&A

What are deep cleanings?

Deep cleanings are procedures during which Dr. Cha focuses on your periodontal health, namely your gum health and your tooth health.

The most significant portions of deep cleaning are scaling and root planing.


During scaling, Dr. Cha uses ultrasonic instruments to remove plaque and tartar from above and below your gum line. To do so, she focuses on both the surface of your teeth and your periodontal pockets. Your periodontal pockets are the pocket areas between your teeth and gums.

Root planing

During root planing, Dr. Cha removes plaque and tartar from the surface of your tooth roots. She also takes this opportunity to smooth your tooth roots, so that your gums can reattach to them. 

After scaling and root planing, Dr. Cha may recommend additional steps, such as the use of antimicrobial agents to speed up your healing process. If you have an infection, she may also prescribe oral antibiotics.

Do I need a deep cleaning?

If you haven’t been in to see a dentist for a routine cleaning in over six months, you may need a deep cleaning. Dr. Cha also uses deep cleanings as the first line of defense against chronic periodontal disease. 

Chronic periodontal disease is the chronic inflammation or infection of your gums. This disease usually happens when you don’t properly brush and floss your teeth, but instead, allow bacteria called plaque to grow and harden on the surface of your teeth.

Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Shifting permanent teeth
  • A change in your bite
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tender, red, or inflamed gums

If you don’t address chronic periodontal disease in a timely manner, it can become much worse. You may end up losing your teeth and having to go through the processes to heal your bone and gums and then get artificial crowns. 

If you’re interested in a regular, six-month cleaning, reach out to the practice about hygiene appointments. During hygiene appointments, Dr. Cha checks your gum health, performs an oral cancer screening, removes plaque, tartar, and stains from your teeth and flosses and polishes them. She does not, however, scale or root plane them.

Do deep cleanings hurt?

Because Dr. Cha is so thoroughly cleaning your gums and teeth, deep cleanings can be uncomfortable. However, Dr. Cha offers local anesthesia to make the procedure as painless as possible. If you’re feeling extra anxious about your deep cleaning, reach out to Dr. Cha about your sedation options.

After your deep cleaning, expect some pain, sensitivity, and numbness around your teeth and gums for a few days. 

Deep cleanings are essential treatments for anyone experiencing the symptoms of mild to moderate periodontal disease. If you need a deep cleaning, call the office.