We believe the key to your dental health is prevention. By seeing one of our highly skilled hygienists every six months we are able to catch oral health concerns early before they become a problem. For most patients a standard cleaning and exam every six months is recommended. However, our doctor and hygienists will determine if other periodontal procedures such as a deep cleaning will be needed based upon the health of your teeth and gums.
We are also able to correct recession, or root exposure on your teeth with gum grafting procedures. These gum grafting procedures will not only help with sensitive teeth, but will also help improve the beauty of your smile.
During a normal tooth cleaning or prophylaxis, your hygienist will use instruments to clean the stains, plaque, and calculus (hardened plaque) from your teeth. We suggest a cleaning every six months for most of our patients. In cases where patients build up plaque and calculus very quickly or in patients who are at high risk for or have had gum disease in the past we may change your cleaning frequency to every three to four months.
Scaling and Root Planning (Deep Cleaning)
In our patients with gum disease, who show signs of bone loss around their teeth, we may recommend scaling and root planning, also known as a deep cleaning. In this procedure, your hygienist will numb the areas to be treated and clean the areas of bone loss, also known as pockets, very thoroughly. For a full mouth deep cleaning procedure you will be scheduled for two visits. We will clean one half of your mouth on the first visit and the other half of your mouth will be cleaned during the second visit.
In patients where the gums have receded (gingival recession) and the tooth roots are now exposed, often times the teeth can become very sensitive. In patients with recession who have sensitivity in their teeth or do not like how their smile looks, we offer various gum grafting procedures to correct the problem. We either use connective tissue from the roof of your mouth or cadaver tissue to correct the recession problem. Recovery from this procedure varies based on the method used to correct the recession and the number of teeth that were corrected.