Regular and Deep Dental Cleanings
The health of our mouth directly impacts our overall health. Poor oral hygiene allows for bacteria to accumulate in the gums and eventually enter the blood stream. They travel to other parts of our body and can negatively affect our health. Regular dental cleanings can help prevent that.
With that in mind, we recommend a comprehensive evaluation to go over your current health status and create a plan of action if desired.
Deep cleanings, including scaling and root planning, may be needed. An ultrasonic devise that incorporates water pressure and vibration to remove the deposits is used in addition to manual instruments.
A new addition at our disposal is dental laser technology. This technology allows us to eliminate bacteria lodged in the gums. This increases gum and bone health and longevity. Before your appointment, your gums and teeth will be irrigated with a special prescription grade liquid medication. This will reduce the bacteria count and will require you to refrain from eating or drinking for at least 1/2 hour after the treatment to maximize the benefits of this treatment.
Once the deep cleaning is completed a periodontal maintenance program is established to retain the benefits of the deep cleaning. We work together to help you maximize the benefits.
On occasion Arestin, localized antibiotics, may be recommended in areas that show deep pockets and resident bacteria colonies.
Preventative, biannual, “regular” cleanings are offered for those with healthy gums that are maintaining good home care and regular cleaning visits.
Signs you Could Use a Deep Cleaning
The presence of gum diseases is determined during a routine periodontal examination which includes a gentle probing of the area between teeth and gums or gum pockets to measure the depth of the gum pockets. A special instrument is used to measure the area. The deeper the measurement the more severe the issue.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. It has a measurement of around 3mm to 4mm. Early periodontists (gum disease) starts when bacteria and plaque build up on the surface of the teeth causing red and slightly inflamed gum tissue. This condition may advance to a more aggressive form of gum disease if not treated.
Pocket depth can reach more than 4mm or worse. Symptoms may include tender and swollen gums that bleed easily. The bone will appear to have moved away from the teeth causing the tooth to be a less stable. In this case, bacteria multiply and affect the gum tissue. Damage can occur to the supporting structure around the teeth.
The recommended treatment may include scaling and root planning as the type of deep cleaning that is necessary to clean the gum line where the bacteria live.
This type of deep cleaning will treat periodontists and tooth decay. We use special instruments to clean away all of the affected areas. Deep cleaning can help restore the bone’s health and hold on more to the root and make it firm.
Dr. Keller offers the highest quality cosmetic and general dental procedures. Act now! We can help maintain your healthy gums and bright beautiful smile.