Teeth Cleanings You Can Expect From A Dentist

Posted on 1/23/2023 by office
Teeth Cleanings You Can Expect From A DentistOver time, your teeth will accumulate bacterial plaque which may harden to become tartar. Removing plaque, tartar, bacteria, and food remains helps keep the teeth and gums clean and prevents oral problems like cavities and gum disease. Teeth cleaning is an outstanding way to ensure that teeth remain healthy. It is crucial to fully understand what each type of teeth cleaning does and what it is used for.

Various Types of Tooth Cleaning

The type of teeth cleaning a dentist will use is influenced by your specific oral care requirements. You can receive one or several of these cleanings:

Prophylaxis Cleaning

This is a routine maintenance tooth cleaning procedure that is performed on people who have generally healthy mouths. It helps people remove unwanted plaque and minor stains on the surface of their teeth.

Root planing and Scaling

Scaling and root planing is a slightly more invasive tooth cleaning procedure that involves a thorough cleaning of tooth-supporting structures, like gums. It's recommended for people who have gum disease. It can take several dental visits to complete because it involves smoothing out the surface of the root and removing any tartar and plaque that has accumulated.

Gross Debridement

This is suitable for a person who has not visited the dentist in several years to remove the significant amount of plaque on the gums, teeth, and in between the teeth. However, not everyone who hasn't seen a dentist in a while gets a full debridement.

The dentist begins by performing an oral examination. The dentist will then determine whether a routine prophylaxis tooth cleaning is sufficient or a gross debridement is required prior to the prophylaxis cleaning.

Periodontal Maintenance

After scaling and planing to treat periodontal disease, you are put under a periodontal maintenance program. It is routine oral care for people who have serious oral problems such as individuals with gingivitis. It entails regular visits to the dentist to clean the entire mouth. Periodontal maintenance is done over a set period or until all oral health issues have been addressed and the symptoms of gum disease have been managed and fully controlled.

Request an appointment with us to get a thorough evaluation and teeth cleaning services.

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