Prophylaxis: Routine Dental Cleaning
Patients who exhibit exemplary gum and general oral health are candidates for a routine, simple dental cleaning. This procedure is typically recommended every six months and focuses on cleaning and polishing the exposed portion of teeth, above the gum line.
Scaling and Root Planing
If the doctor provides a diagnosis of periodontal disease (gum disease), he or she may recommend Scaling and Root Planing treatment. This procedure is used to remove calculus above and below the gum line, following the root of the tooth. The pocket-shaped cavities created by calculus below the gum line are disinfected to remove harmful bacterial and allow for healthy regeneration of gum tissue. After the completion of this treatment, the doctor may recommend more frequent visits to our practice to assure the disease has been removed and healthy tissue has formed.
For patients who may have a build-up of calculus on their teeth and near the gum line, we recommend a debridement. This procedure removes the build-up of calculus throughout the mouth and allows a proper assessment of gum health.
Our dentists and the American Dental Association advise patients to use toothpaste with fluoride and suggest an in-office fluoride treatment when visiting the office for routine dental cleanings. Fluoride strengthens the enamel of teeth and helps prevent decay.
Dental radiography (x-rays) provides the doctor critical information about the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw that would otherwise be undetectable with the naked eye. Our staff takes your health seriously and would never suggest the use of x-rays if it were not important to assuring your total health. We use equipment specifically designed to reduce exposure to x-rays when necessary. If you have any concerns, our doctors would be happy to answer any questions.