Teeth cleaning is a dental hygiene service, aiming to remove plaque, calculus and stains deposited on your teeth. Commonly, patients ask for dental cleaning, in order to remove stains and the obvious teeth discoloration. Professionally speaking, teeth cleaning can be done, commonly, by a Dental Hygienist or General dentist but, at best, it could be done by Periodontist “Gum Specialist”, such as Dr.Miski, who has got 3 additional years of education, in addition to general dentistry, to do this mission more deeply than others. Normally, general dentist refers complex cases to periodontist and dental hygienist works under supervision of periodontist.
Dental Cleaning is divided into three categories:
-Scaling or Debridement
-Deep Scaling & Root Planing
“Prophylaxis” is done as often as patients desire, but at least twice a year. we know adding a third or even a fourth will make you love your healthy smile even more. Higher frequency of dental cleaning also reduces the amount of time needed at each appointment. Why not just, Check in Check up Check out.
“Prophylaxis” is a kind of teeth cleaning and it is indicated when the patient has healthy gums and just minimal plaque and tartar above the gum line.
Teeth Scaling in the Presence of Inflammation
This is often a one-time procedure. Most noteworthy, the patient has no permanent gum disease, yet presents with slight to moderate buildup of plaque and tartar both above and below the gum line, Prognosis is good! As a result, patient just requires a bit more of oral home care. Returning 2-3 times a year for regular cleanings should prevent this from happening again.
Deep Cleaning- Scaling and Root Planing
Teeth scaling and root planing is provided for patients that present with Periodontal (Gum) Disease.
It is typically done in many appointments. Periodontist, such as Dr. Miski, is a specialist, who is specialized and trained to do this kind of treatment, and he will diagnose and check patients on things like “pocket depth”, “gum recession” bone loss” and “attachment loss”: These are the signs of Periodontal disease. While never 100% curable, this disease is an infection and there are a wide range of of treatments that can be tailored, and planned for each case. However, understand, that once you have it, you have it and you need quick treatment and periodontal maintenance.
As stated above, “perio” maintenance appointments are 3-5 times per year for those patients that have had Scaling and Root planing in accordance with some level of Periodontal disease. This periodontal maintenance is very critical for the success of the treatment and it should be re-evaluated regularly.