Meet the experts behind the best cleanings in town
In our effort to provide the best possible dental experience we have the best hygienist that we could find. Both of our hygienist, Chrystal and Briza, received the prestigious Golden Scaler Award. They are given to the top clinician in each class. Sort of a Clinical Valedictorian.
We believe that preventive care and education are the foundation for optimal dental health. That’s why we focus on thorough exams, checking on the overall health of your teeth and gums, performing oral cancer exams, and taking x-rays when necessary. Not only are we focused on the beauty of your smile, we’re concerned about your health.
Not all dental cleanings are created equal. It is important to understand that there is a big difference between the following procedures and the implications that each procedure has when it comes to your oral health.
REGULAR CLEANING OR PROPHYLAXIS
When you have your six-month dental checkups, you have a routine cleaning (also called a prophylaxis) to remove plaque & calculus only on the visible part of the tooth. It usually doesn’t take very long and it is practically painless. Regular cleanings are only recommended for patients who have generally good oral health and do not suffer from bone loss or gum problems(bleeding, recession, infection, etc.)
SCALING & ROOT PLANING OR DEEP CLEANINGS
A deep cleaning is a non-surgical procedure that usually consists of these two different steps:
SUBGINGIVAL SCALING – A subgingival scaling concentrates on cleaning the tooth’s surface below the gum line. An ultrasonic scaler is used to remove the infection causing plaque & calculus from the inside of the gum pockets. This is usually performed under local anesthetic to help with the patient’s comfort.
ROOT PLANING – Following the scaling step, the root surfaces are smoothed out to encourage the regrowth of the gum tissue and inhibit plaque formation. Similar to other non-surgical procedures, you may experience some mild discomfort and your teeth and gums may be temporarily sensitive to hot and cold following a deep cleaning.
PERIODONTAL MAINTENANCE – Once you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease and have had a scaling & root planing, periodontal maintenance is what you can think of as taking the place of a regular cleaning. Instead of addressing just the crowns of your teeth as in a regular cleaning, periodontal maintenance also cares for your tooth’s roots, gums and bone. The frequency of your periodontal maintenance appointments will depend on your individual oral health condition. This will be determined by Dr. Petron and your hygienist.