Hygiene & Periodontal Services
Your Exam and Teeth Cleaning
Good oral hygiene is important not only for your smile, but for your overall health as well. Unhealthy gums, gum infections and periodontal disease have been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and preterm and low birth weight. Regular dental exams and professional cleanings can prevent these and many other health problems. Our dental hygienists are passionately dedicated caregivers who are genuinely concerned for the betterment of your oral health.
Following your initial oral examination and diagnosis by Dr. Cooper, your hygienist will educate you about the disease processes of the mouth, perform an oral exam, meticulously remove deposits of plaque, calculus (tartar), and stain on the teeth both above and below the gumline, apply local medications to problem areas, apply sealants to the pit and fissure surfaces of the teeth, apply fluoride treatments, take necessary x-rays, review medical histories, and teach you the practical skills of good homecare techniques.
Hygiene & Periodontal
Prophy (Teeth Cleaning)
Full Mouth Debridement
Scaling & Root Planing
Laser Periodontal Treatment
Why do I need to get my teeth professionally cleaned?
When a dentist or dental hygienist cleans your teeth, they remove soft (plaque) and hard (tartar, calculus, or stains) deposits from your teeth. The primary purpose of having your teeth cleaned is to prevent or delay the progression of gum and/or periodontal disease.
How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
The frequency of professional teeth cleaning depends on the health of your teeth and gums. People with healthy teeth and gums should have their professional cleaning at least twice per year. People with gum and/or periodontal disease or a history of periodontal disease currently on periodontal maintenance should have their teeth professionally cleaned more often.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis or gum disease refers to inflammation of the gums due to an excess of plaque on the teeth. If left untreated gingivitis is one of the major causes of bone loss. Signs of gingivitis include red, swollen gums, or gums that bleed easily when brushed or flossed. These signs mean that your gums are infected with bacteria
What causes gingivitis and periodontal disease?
Why are there different levels of periodontal treatment?
If it is determined that you have gingivitis or periodontal disease, the treatment will depend on the severity of infection.
What are the different levels of treatment?
Bacterial plaque and tarter found above the gum are removed. Your teeth are then polished and flossed.
Full Mouth Debridement (Deep Cleaning):
Bacterial plaque and tarter build up below your gumline. This tarter found on the root surfaces of teeth are very difficult to remove and must be scraped off to restore dental health. If an adequate amount of tarter is removed, you will schedule a follow up prophylaxis appointment shortly thereafter. If sufficient amount of tarter removal is not possible, we progress to Scaling and Root Planing by Quadrant.
Scaling and Root Planing by Quadrant:
After having a full mouth debridement, plaque and tarter may still be present, deeper below the gum. If this is the case, scaling and root planning may become necessary. This procedure involves use of a local anesthetic and is carried out in several visits. Plaque and tarter are sufficiently removed to the depth of the pocket between the teeth and gum. Sometimes medicine is placed in these pockets to help the healing process. After this treatment, additional, more frequent monitoring is needed and follow up periodontal maintenance visits are scheduled throughout the year.
If the gum inflammation and deep pockets persist after scaling and root planing, flap surgery may be necessary. This is a surgical procedure whereby an incision is made to allow access to the deep pockets, scaling and root planing is then performed. After the tarter is removed, the gum is then closed with stitches and the area is allowed to heal.
What is Laser Hygiene Therapy?
Gingivitis and periodontal disease are caused by bacteria. Using a laser during your hygiene appointment, we are able to target and kill the harmful bacteria without discomfort. This allows you gum to heal more quickly.
We have Nitrous Oxide/Laughing Gas available for our anxious patients.
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