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First, to perform a thorough examination, x-rays must be taken. This involves the use of a digital device called a sensor that is plugged right into the computer. This method will enable the dentist a hygienist to “peer’ in between the teeth to detect cavities or tartar that can’t be seen clinically. X-rays are also useful in detecting bone-loss, infection, and tooth development. X-rays are usually recommended once yearly or if a need arises.
Along with x-rays, a clinical evaluation of your teeth is performed. Any treatment needs are listed and options to meet your dental needs are given. This really gives you a clear picture of your oral status and how you want to proceed with your present need.
Sealants are often placed on the biting surfaces of a child’s or teenagers back teeth. These areas of non-restored tooth surface are sealed by placing a light cured plastic resin. This liquid resin is applied to a cleaned surface and light –cured to harden. This will help protect the biting surfaces of the back teeth against cavities.
During your visit, it may be recommended that a basic cleaning may only be necessary to maintain optimal oral health. This is performed by removing light stain, plaque and tartar deposits from your teeth. This is called light scaling. After the scaling is completed a thorough polish is performed for the final shine! Lastly, homecare instructions; involving brushing and flossing techniques, are reviewed. Normally a 6 month recall visit is appointed.
It may be necessary for a more invasive cleaning treatment called a ‘debridement’ or a deep cleaning. This type of “cleaning treatment could require 2 or more visits. Usually, this diagnosis is determined during initial examination in which progressive gingivitis or periodontal disease is involved.
A debridement involves the initial removal of heavy calculus deposits (hardened plaque) above the gum-line. A second appointment is necessary for a ‘finer-scale’ of remaining deposits on the teeth, followed by a thorough polish.
A deep cleaning diagnosis is primarily dependant on the status of periodontal disease. Bone-loss can involve pockets around the tooth roots which carry infection. This is caused by tartar under the gum surface detected by careful examination and xrays. Cleaning portions of the mouth at a time is necessary due to the need of local anesthetic for patient comfort. Periodontal disease is the #1 reason for tooth loss and could compromise overall health.