REGULAR TEETH CLEANINGS & ORAL EXAMS
Regular dental cleanings are imperative to maintaining good oral health. Only professional dental hygienists can safely remove all of the harmful plaque and tartar build up from your teeth and gums. While cleaning, the Dr. and hygienists can also evaluate your cleaning methods and give you individualized tips and pointers to keep your smile happy and healthy. To prevent lasting damage and diseases you need to schedule cleanings with one of our hygienists every 6 months. Patients with a history of periodontal disease may need to come in more frequently for maintenance.
A regular cleaning is known as a prophylaxis in dental terms. The American Dental Association describes a prophylaxis as removal of plaque, calculus and stains from the tooth structures.
WORRY FREE DENTISTRY
At Weddington Family Dentistry we understand that “Dentist” can be a scary word. With our state of the art equipment we can lessen the fears that you may have. Our staff is also specially trained to deal with patients that have dental anxiety. We will do everything we can to make sure you have the best experience possible.
SCALING AND ROOT PLANING
Root planing removes bacteria and their toxins, tarter, and diseased deposits from the surfaces of the tooth roots. Scraping or scaling is required the full length of the root surface, down to where the root, gum and bone meet. Root planing is typically one of the first steps in treating gum and bone disease (periodontal disease).
Periodontal disease is very common, but does not always have distinct symptoms. It is an inflammation and infection of the supporting structures of the teeth (gums, bone, ligaments, root surfaces) that eventually results in the loss of teeth. You may notice that your gums bleed easily, that you have a bad taste in your mouth, that your gums appear red or swollen, that your teeth appear longer or have shifted. Or you may not notice anything at all.
If you have periodontal disease, you may require root planing to remove diseased deposits from the roots of your teeth. Other treatment, including surgery, may be required. After the disease process is under control, a regular cleaning is not appropriate anymore. Instead, you will require special on-going gum and bone care procedures, also known as periodontal maintenance to keep your mouth healthy.