I just had my second scaling/deep cleaning done today. As I sit here at the computer, I am still numb. I, too, was skeptical of the recommedation for a "deep cleaning". The first dentist recommended it about 8-10 years. He was an experienced dentist but was working for a company that I suspected was looking to churn for business. Soon thereafter we moved and had children. It wasn't a priority. I still went to the general dentist religiously but wasn't the most disclipined flosser. Fast forward till October 2009. My general dentist recommended an evaluation by a periodonist after taking measurement of my gums. After reading further about peridontal disease, I decided that I couldn't ignore the recommendations of 2 different dentists. I do have some family history of tooth loss (although I don't know the exact reason why). I wasn't willing to risk it. Hearing the risk of potential bone/tooth loss was enough to get me on the right path. I am now a fanatical flosser and am very happy I sought out the services of a peridontist. Sure the injections into the cheeks/gums were uncomfortable. The actual cleaning was pretty standard. Overall, it was a tolerable experience. Much like a pap test. I don't like it but something that must be done. Both of my dentists told me that I was at a very good place to reverse any peridontal disease with periodic evals (and deep cleanings as necessary), good home care routine and regular check ups with the general dentist. This put my mind at ease.
I was also concerned about insurance coverage. I was surprised to learn that our particular dental coverage was pretty good. I will have a minimal out of pocket expense.
To the untrained eye, my gums looked fine as well. No inflammation or redness but I did have bleeding when I would floss. Do you teeth look longer? This is a sign of gum recession.
I would at least seek the opinion of a peridontist before making any final decisions. Do you really want to risk losing your teeth? To me it was a no-brainer.
Good luck. Send me a message if I can be of any further help. Another resource is www.perio.org.