What We Do
The Way to a Winning Smile
We provide general dentistry services at our office. For specialized or more complex treatments, we will refer you to a specialist so that you may receive the best possible care for your concerns or issues.
Plaque is a soft, sticky substance that forms on teeth, and it is composed of bacteria and bacterial by-products. If plaque is not removed adequately, it will form a hard and mineralized deposit called Calculus, or commonly known as Tartar. Plaque and calculus will release acids that compromise the enamel shield of teeth, and cause cavities. They will also irritate gums and cause gum disease, or gingivitis. The most common symptoms of gingivitis are bleeding gums (especially when you brush your teeth), inflammation of gum tissue, and gum recession. If gingivitis is not treated, it will lead to periodontitis, which is disease of the underlying bone that supports your teeth. Bone disease will cause deterioration of the bone around teeth, ultimately resulting in tooth loss.
While most people try to brush their teeth and take care of their mouths, sometimes their efforts are not as effective as they might be. Inconsistent brushing and flossing, using inappropriate technique, and using improper toothbrushes may be to blame. Some medical conditions (i.e diabetes, pregnancy) or medications may also contribute to excessive plaque and calculus development. Therefore, it is very important for you to visit your dentist every six months for proper exam and evaluation of your oral hygiene. At our office we provide professional cleanings by the dentist to remove plaque and calculus, especially in hard to reach areas (i.e. below gum line), and to treat gingivitis and periodontitis. As part of your care, we will also show you how to brush and floss properly to improve your at-home oral care. Depending on your oral condition, you may receive one of the following types of cleaning at our office:
- Prophylaxis (regular cleaning) – This procedure is performed to removed light plaque and calculus, intended for patients that do not have gum disease or inflammation. It is a simple procedure that takes a short amount of time, and it is typically performed every six months. Dental instruments may be used to scrape away deposits from teeth.
- Debridement – This procedure is performed to remove heavy plaque and calculus. It is recommended for patients that have dense deposits formed on their teeth, and that suffer from gingivitis. Electric devices such as ultra-sonic scalers will be used to remove the dense deposits, and the procedure is more difficult and extensive; therefore it takes a longer amount of time.
- Scaling and Root Planing – Patients who are diagnosed with periodontitis (bone disease) and have severe calculus deposits below the gum line, will need a series of procedures to treat this condition, starting with scaling and root planning. Using ultra-sonic devices, the dense deposits and toxins will be scraped from the tooth surface all the way down to the root of the tooth. Local anesthesia will be required to numb the mouth, as this procedure is very extensive and lengthy, and will be very uncomfortable in the absence of anesthesia. This initial treatment will be followed by a series of cleanings at regular intervals, called “periodontal maintenance”, to keep the periodontal disease under control.