Preventative dentistry is the most vital aspect for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. It largely depends on an individual’s initiative to take prevention seriously and follow the preventative measures with diligence and commitment.
On the part of the dentists, it is important to increase awareness about the importance of preventative dentistry, including dental cleanings. Both adults and children should ideally undergo dental cleanings twice a year to maintain robust oral health.
Dental cleanings become more important for elderly people and individuals with systemic oral health issues. Depending on the patient’s overall condition of the teeth and gums, the dentist can determine the appropriate frequency for dental cleanings. Dr. Rob Strain is a salient and fantastic cosmetic dentist providing preventative as well as advanced oral health procedures to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding communities.
Common Approach to Dental Cleaning
In its basic form, a dental cleaning procedure will usually involve removal of calculus or tartar, plaque and stains that are present above the gum line. A more thorough dental cleaning is possible in cases where the patient’s overall oral health is sound, and the dental hygienist can reach slightly under the gum line.
More intensive and advanced dental cleaning procedures may be performed at the dental office for a patient whose oral health is weak. Patients with pre-existing pockets in the mouth, or those who suffer from exposed root surfaces due go gum recession, will often require more intensive cleaning treatments.
Major Cleaning Procedures
If considerable debris is present above the gum line, the cosmetic dentist may recommend gross debridement treatment. Patients who have not seen a dentist in a long time are typical candidates for this procedure, particularly if they have inflammation and a significant debris build-up. A piezo or ultrasonic scaler can be employed to eliminate the visible deposits from the teeth. After a healing interval, the dentist will perform fine scaling and polishing of the teeth.
Fine Scale and Polish
If gross debridement procedure is performed instead of the standard dental cleaning, it will be typically followed by an appointment for fine scaling and polishing. The dentist may sometimes substitute this with a series of deep scaling treatments, which are not very different from a dental prophylaxis.
Although periodontal scaling is similar to dental prophylaxis, but it is usually recommended for patients whose root surfaces are exposed due to receding gums. Periodontal scaling is more intensive than regular dental prophylaxis and will involve more intricate cleaning.
Deep Scaling (Root Planing)
Patients with multiple pockets of varying depths in the mouth may have to choose deep scaling. Deposits deep below the gum line must be removed in their case. Once the unhealthy tartar is removed, the gum healing will begin, and bleeding and swelling of the gums will reduce.
The dentist may perform this procedure on each section or partially impacted sections of the mouth. Dr. Strain’s dental office receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and other cities and towns in The Golden State for dental cleanings.
If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.