Several steps are included in your visit with your Dental Hygienist. During your visit, your hygienist may need to take x-rays that help determine if you exhibit signs of bone loss which is an indicator of periodontal disease. X-rays are also beneficial in assisting your doctor in diagnosing tooth decay which may not be clearly seen otherwise. Your dental hygienist may also probe (measure) your gum line to detect signs of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Your hygienist will clean your teeth with specialized instruments to remove plaque and tartar from above your gum line. Your hygienist will also polish stain from your teeth, floss between your teeth and may apply a fluoride treatment.
Fluoride treatments aid in the prevention of tooth decay as well as helping prevent gum disease. In adults, fluoride treatments may be used to help prevent cavities on root surfaces or aid in treatment of sensitivity. Fluoride is present in everyday drinking water, as well as in most over the counter toothpastes.
Sealants are recommended for first and second molars on all children. Sealants are placed to aid in cavity prevention by filling the grooves of the biting surface of molars.
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Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
When there is active periodontal disease detected during your hygiene exam, a routine cleaning is not sufficient to treat that condition. Scaling and Root Planing is the procedure recommended to remove plaque, tartar and bacteria from below the gum line that causes periodontal disease to be active. This procedure may take more than one appointment and we will numb the areas we are cleaning to make your visits more comfortable. Certain medications may be prescribed to help with treatment of this condition, along with possible irrigation of your gums and/or laser treatment.
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Laser Debridement Therapy
Laser therapy is necessary when excessive bleeding is present and in conjunction with Scaling and Root Planing. The laser kills bacteria and diseased tissue, which promotes regeneration of new and healthy gum tissue.
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