Judgement-Free Dental Care

At Library Plaza Dental Center, we don’t believe in making people feel bad or guilty about their dental health. Instead of dwelling on the past, we want to help you look forward to better oral health and a cleaner, brighter smile. A deep dental cleaning is one of the fastest and easiest ways to help you turn the clock back on your smile. Many of our patients who undergo root scaling or tooth scaling almost can’t believe how good their teeth look and feel after we have finished the treatment.

Our dentists will be able to remove years of plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth, all the way down to the root. This can help control periodontal disease, slow or stop bone loss, and help you keep your natural teeth.

Call us today to set up your appointment in Des Plaines. One of dentists, along with our staff of highly skilled, experienced, and compassionate hygienists, would be happy to make your smile beautiful.


Scaling and root planing are frequently referred to as deep cleaning. Deep cleaning is the treatment of choice for an infectious disease called periodontal disease. Deep cleaning treats the infected area by meticulously cleaning the tartar and bacteria from the teeth and their roots.


Periodontal disease begins with the formation of plaque around the teeth. Plaque is the yellow film on your teeth caused by food and bacteria in your mouth. When plaque mixes with saliva, it hardens over time and turns into tartar. Tartar irritates the gums around the teeth when attached to the outer surface of the teeth and roots by releasing poisonous toxins. These toxins cause an infection and an inflammation of the gums. If periodontal disease is left untreated, it can ultimately cause bone loss and eventually tooth loss. It is important to note that lost bone will never grow back.


A deep cleaning is performed to treat periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing is normally performed by your dentist or dental hygienist over several office visits. The exact number of visits depends on your dentist and the amount of tartar buildup. Your dentist may choose to administer a local anesthetic to make the procedure virtually painless. The deep cleaning is either done manually or with an ultrasonic instrument called a Cavitron. Both techniques loosen and remove plaque and tartar buildup. Antibacterial irrigants or local antibiotics, including Arestin, may be used in conjunction with the deep cleaning procedure to further reduce the number of bacteria around the gums.


If your teeth have a lot of built-up plaque or tartar, or if you have moderate to severe periodontal disease, the answer is no. A deep cleaning goes below the gum to remove plaque or tartar buildup from the roots of your teeth where the bone is affected by the infection, whereas a regular cleaning only removes the tartar and plaque above the gum. Periodontal disease can not be cured, only controlled, so it is important to follow your dentist’s recommendations for follow-up care and treatment.

In addition to routine checkups, performing proper dental hygiene at home is also important to help prevent the recurrence of this destructive disease.

Please check with your dentist or dental hygienist if you have any additional questions. Call Library Plaza Dental Center in Des Plaines for an appointment today.