Dental cleaning is a cleaning procedure that removes the plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. This buildup can cause cavities and gum disease, so it’s important to remove it. During the cleaning, at The Hamptons Dentist, our dentist will use special tools to remove the buildup from your teeth. Once the cleaning is finished, the dentist will polish your teeth, leaving them feeling smooth and clean.
Prophylaxis is a preventive dental care procedure performed in conjunction with your regular cleaning or exam. It’s designed to protect the teeth and gums from developing tartar and plaque, which can cause a variety of oral health problems. For example, gum disease is a bacterial infection that can be prevented with regular cleanings.
Why Do I Need to Get a Prophylaxis Cleaning?
Prophylaxis cleanings are sometimes known as dental cleanings, dental exams, or dental checkups. This visit is recommended every six months. During cleanings, plaque, and tartar are removed. Plaque is a sticky, colorless, film of bacteria and food particles that constantly forms on teeth.
Tartar, or calculus, is hardened plaque. The presence of plaque and tartar on teeth can lead to gingivitis and gingivitis is a gum infection. Gingivitis can lead to periodontitis which is a serious gum infection that can lead to tooth loss.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a dental procedure performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and roots. Scaling is the process of removing plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces, while root planing involves smoothing the root surfaces and removing the infected tooth structure.
What Are the Reasons for Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing is recommended to treat gingivitis, which is the inflammation of the gums. Plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth causes gingivitis, so scaling and root planing remove them. Scaling and root planing are also recommended to treat periodontitis, which is a more serious form of gum disease.
Gross debridement may be recommended for patients with advanced periodontal disease.
During gross debridement, the surfaces of the teeth, gums, and below the gum line are cleaned and disinfected. This allows your dentist to thoroughly clean the areas below your gum line.
When Is Gross Debridement Used?
When a tooth has been diagnosed with a deep cavity, your dentist may recommend a gross debridement procedure. A deep cavity means that decay has reached the tooth’s pulp. In severe cases, bacteria can enter the tooth’s pulp chamber, causing an infection. If the infection is left untreated, the infection can spread to the bone that surrounds the tooth.
A gross debridement procedure will remove all of the infected tooth’s pulp. After the tooth’s pulp has been removed, your dentist will place a medication in the tooth’s pulp chamber to help treat the infection. A temporary filling will be placed in the tooth and the tooth will be monitored closely.
Our dentists are available to teach you how to properly care for your teeth and gums when you book a professional dental cleaning at The Hamptons Dentist. To schedule an appointment, visit our office at 27 Old Riverhead Rd, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978, or call (631) 998-3980.