Cypress Veneers and Implants

Dental Cleanings

Description: Routine dental cleanings are important to maintaining good oral hygiene. Professional cleaning by a hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. It is recommended you go in for a cleaning once every six months.

How it's done
You can expect your dental cleaning to last between 30 minutes and an hour. Typically, a trained hygienist will do the cleaning, and a dentist may come in for an exam at the end. Most people find that dental cleanings are painless, and do not cause any discomfort.

There are two important steps to a dental cleaning. The first step is scaling the teeth, whereby the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces. This can be performed by hand or with electric scalers depending on the hygienists preference. Typically, the hygienist will also dig into the pockets of the gums to remove any plaque buildup there.

The second step is polishing to remove any final plaque and buff the teeth. Polishers generally have several different sized heads to clean hard to reach places.
Types of Cleaning at Cypress Mill Dental
Polish with FLUORIDE: Necessary to remove surface stain and debris ONLY on tooth surface above the gum line. Performed either with an ultrasonic instrument, hand scalers, prophy jet, or prophy cup.
Normal Routine Cleaning: Necessary for regular dental maintenance, usually at 3 or 6 month intervals. Performed using ultrasonic scaler or hand instruments on entire tooth above the gum line and slightly below to remove any calculus deposits. This includes a polish of the tooth surface with a prophy jet or prophy cup.
Full Mouth Debridgement: Necessary when an individual has not had their teeth cleaned in over a year or if there is heavy calculus deposits under the gum lined fused to the tooth roots. Performed using ultrasonic scaler and hand instruments which includes polishing. Usually requiring longer than normal cleaning appointment.
Deep Scaling and Root Planing (SRP): Necessary in early, moderate, and severe stages of gum disease, with bone loss and pocketing, where calculus deposits have fused deeper down the root surface. This procedure is performed in quadrants (1/4 sections of the mouth), sometimes requiring anesthesia for patient comfort. This is followed by a normal cleaning and evaluation appointment after treatment. This is followed by periodontal maintenance visits at 3 month intervals until normal tissue health is achieved.
Arestin: Even though SRP removes a great deal of bacteria that cause periodontal infection, instruments used during this mechanical procedure can’t always reach the bacteria that hid in the bottom of pockets or in difficult to reach areas. Arestin is a locally placed antibiotic that shrinks the size of infected periodontal pockets when placed after deep cleaning.
Advanced Periodontal Disease/Referral to Periodontist: When the amount of gum tissue damage or bone loss has progressed to the point where cleaning or scaling root planning will most likely not stop the advance toward tooth loss.
Routine Periodontal Cleaning: Necessary for regular dental maintenance, usually at 3 or 6 month intervals, following active periodontal therapy as mentioned above, or after treatment by a periodontist. Also necessary if the patient accumulates plaque and calculus far in excess of normal levels which must be removed for adequate oral health.