It’s funny to ask – but what IS teeth cleaning? Teeth cleaning is when the bacterial bio-film and hard deposits are removed from the teeth. When these deposits are removed, the gums become less inflamed and are healthier. The purpose of teeth cleaning, then, is to produce a favorable environment for a sanitary mouth and ultimately a sound body.
Ultrasonic Teeth Cleaning
We use the ultrasonic teeth cleaning technique. This uses traditional dental hand instruments alongside a hi-tech ultrasonic ‘scaler’ – set at a low power setting. This procedure produces a ‘cleaner clean’ than with hand instruments alone. That’s due to the water flow of the ultrasonic instrument tip. This instrument is also narrower than many of our hand instruments and takes the place of most of the uncomfortable “scraping” you might associate with teeth cleaning. This ‘hybrid’ approach provides a very gentle and pain-free deep cleaning for your teeth.
Deep Cleaning For Your Teeth
What is the difference between a “regular” and a “deep” cleaning for teeth? A regular or routine cleaning is generally done when your gum measurements are within normal limits. If inflammation in your gums and bone has advanced to a point where there is a deep gum trough around the teeth and you have experienced some bone loss, you will likely need a deep cleaning dental treatment.
Deep cleaning is generally a first step in Periodontal Disease Treatment and doesn’t always involve injected local anesthetic. We can use a topical local anesthetic that will not keep your mouth numb for hours after the appointment. We see very good results with our deep cleaning dental treatments and we work closely with the periodontist, or gum specialist, to jointly manage your periodontal disease recovery.
We spend as much time as is needed, generally 1 ½ hours per side of the mouth, for deep cleaning. Once you have had deep cleaning you will want to have a maintenance cleaning every 3 months to prevent the spread of the gum disease. We like to spend as much time as we need to for developing an individualized self-care program that will fit in your lifestyle and that will help you attain and maintain a healthy mouth for years to come.
You have to be comfortable taking care of your mouth, gums and teeth. We patiently show you how.
Digital X-Rays For Dental Care
A complete set of digital x-rays for dental care, between seven and eighteen views, are necessary to determine the extent of periodontal disease. Routine check-up x-rays are used for diagnosing tooth decay in between your back teeth. Back teeth are tricky – but we get in there! We also follow guidelines to determine the most efficacious check up x-rays schedule for your condition.
How Often Should I Get Dental X-Rays?
Generally, dental x-rays are considered viable for at least 2 years and they don’t usually need to be redone any sooner than that. For someone without gum disease and no fillings or just a few, small fillings, x-ray ‘ing every 3 years is actually acceptable. However, if a person has a lot of dental work like big fillings and crowns and/or periodontal disease, then annual check-up x-rays are more the rule. If you’re wondering ‘how often should I get dental x-rays’… then give us a ring and we can help determine what’s right for you.