Regular Cleaning / Deep Cleaning

 

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists.  Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

 

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.

  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!

  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.  Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.

  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.  It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva.  The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.  This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!

  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

 

 

Deep Cleaning (Scaling & Root Planing)

 

If you notice your gums bleeding a bit while brushing your teeth or eating, what you are seeing is the early stage of gum disease called gingivitis. Gingivitis is caused by bacterial bio-films called plaque that adhere to tooth surfaces and is the most common form of periodontal disease. If gingivitis is left untreated, the inflammation will work its way down the tooth causing a “periodontal pocket” and bacteria will have the ability to thrive. If during your normal teeth cleaning not all plaque can be removed, it may be recommended that a deeper cleaning or scaling be performed.

 

What is a Debridement?

A debridement is needed when there is moderate to heavy amount of build-up on the teeth which can not be completely removed in routine cleaning appointment time. If you have a debridement done, this normally implies that there is more cleaning to be done on the teeth or tooth roots. During a debridement, your hygienist will remove deposits which can be done comfortably at and just below the gum line.

 

Fine Scale

A fine scale is done following a debridement, or Scaling and Root planing procedure, to be sure all fine calculus is removed. This is performed to promote healing after these procedures.

 

Maintenance

The maintenance cleaning should be every 3–6 month which is determined at the last cleaning. At this appointment the periodontal pockets depths will be re-evaluated to determine if the scaling and root planing as well as patient’s home care has been effective. If it is determined that additional treatment is needed it will be discussed, otherwise a routine cleaning will be performed.

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2979 Fairview Road

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

 

Tel: 714-979-3970

Fax: 714-202-9613

Email: drrogerdds@gmail.com

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