Regularly having your teeth cleaned by a professional registered
dental hygienist is important not only to keep your smile beautiful it
will also reduce your chances of getting cavities and gingivitis that
can lead to periodontal disease.
Types of Teeth Cleanings
Prophylaxis is a simple cleaning that includes light
hand scaling and/or ultrasonic use, and a polish. This cleaning is
prescribed for an individual who has good or fair gingival health. It
may be performed when the individual has less than ideal gingival
health, yet he/she does not have heavy calculus buildup and no signs of
active disease. Local anesthetic is not necessary. It is common to have
a prophy at regular intervals, such as every six months.
Full Mouth Debridement is performed to remove bulk
calculus (tartar). This procedure is prescribed when calculus is so
heavy it prevents diagnosis and/or is needed to aid in a final cleaning
or in preparation for scaling and root planing.
Scaling and Root Planing (ScRp) is the non-surgical
therapy used when there is Chronic Periodontal Disease resulting in Bone
Loss and Gum Pocket Formation and usually requires local anesthetic. It
is charged per quadrant. ScRp is considered "an initial therapy". Once
it is completed, Maintenance Cleaning Procedures are prescribed every
3-4 months to maintain what we just achieved. Periodontal Disease is the
Number One cause for tooth loss. Scaling and Root Planing does not cure
the disease process, it is an attempt at slowing it down and reducing
the bacterial load so your own immune system can become more effective
in dealing with the disease. This is why it is so important to come back
every 3-4 months after the initial Scaling and Root Planing procedure.
Sometimes a referral to a Periodontist is needed to help control the
infection with surgery but we can usually take care of everything