Dental Cleaning & Exam
Most of the time your dental cleaning is routine, it involves removing plaque and polishing your teeth; however at times you might need a deep cleaning which might be a little more involved.
We all can develop plaque on our teeth within a few days which is a sticky film on the teeth which is a growing colony of living bacteria, food, debris and saliva. Plaque can turn into calculus (tartar), if left on the tooth for some time and it attaches to the tooth surface above and below the gumline causing inflammation and gum disease.
If still untreated it can develop into periodontal disease and infection of the supporting tissues and bone that hold the teeth in place.
This is where deep cleaning or scaling and root planing as we call it, can help you save your teeth and get your gums and teeth back to health. We also utilize laser treatment as an adjunct to help kill bacteria and infected tissue. Laser also stimulates the cells to form new connective tissue, bone and collagen, therefore accelerating the healing of the bone and the gums.
At times we also use localized antibiotics like Arestin and antimicrobial rinses like Peridex. Depending on the severity of your case we might have to see you every 3-4 months for continued treatment.