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Professional Dental Cleaning
Dental exams & cleanings are done by a Registered Dental Hygienist. A registered dental hygienist is a preventive oral health professional who has graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program licensed in dental hygiene. They provide educational, clinical, research and therapeutic services supporting total well being through the promotion of optimal oral health.
Before the hygienist begins your professional cleaning she will explain everything she will be doing. She will either use the Cavitron Ultra Sonic Scaler or she manually scale your teeth. This is a decision you will make together.
Ultrasonic Cleanings vs. Hand Scaling
What is your choice?
Tooth cleaning is often accomplished by the non-surgical technique of hand scaling. This is done using small dental instruments which are used to physically removed deposits from the surface of the teeth. At one time, hand scaling was performed entirely with manual tools. But today the ultrasonic scaler has changed all of that.
Ultrasonic scalers allow electromagnetic forces in the unit’s hand-held wand causing its tiny tip to vibrate rapidly. These vibrations, which occur at a rate faster than the speed of sound, effectively blast away plaque, calculus and stains from the tooth surface. A small stream of water which comes out of the tip of the scaler is called Lavage. Lavage is used to cool the ultrasonic scaler’s tip and flush away debris from the area being treated. The vibrating tip causes some of the water to break into millions of tiny bubbles which ruptures the wall of bacterial cells and helps create an environment that is less receptive to harmful bacteria.
Anyone with substantial buildup or tartar or is prone to gum disease can benefit from the ultrasonic scaling. It can also remove tough coffee and cigarette stains.
If you have sensitive teeth you might benefit from using a topical anesthetic.
There are special tips available to clean composite or porcelain tooth restorations and titanium implants.
** If you have a cardiac pacemaker, be sure and let all dental professionals know, so precautions can be taken.
Today many patients choose the ultrasonic scaler to hand scaling but in our office it is always your choice on which method you find most comfortable..
Some patients prefer to have their teeth scaled manually. Using hand instruments the hygienist can remove the tartar, calculus and other debris from your teeth.
For patient that are extremely sensitive Dr. Tobias has a special gel compounded by a U.S. pharmacy which can be placed on the gums prior to cleaning. This gel numbs the gums without an injection making the cleaning extremely comfortable for even the most sensitive patient.
Fluoride Varnish Treatment
Fluoride varnish is an important part of preventing tooth decay in patients of all ages. During your visit we will determine your risk for dental decay by discussing your diet, home care, previous decay history, dry mouth and prescription medications.
Comprehensive Oral Exam
Your initial oral examination includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We also take x-rays, which includes the full mouth series for proper diagnosis of the anterior and posterior teeth as well as the bite-wing x-rays for proper diagnosis of proximal decay of posterior teeth. A head and neck examination is done to check and evaluate the muscles of mastication for soreness, tenderness or overuse from clenching and grinding of your teeth or jaw during the day or at night plus palpate the neck for any “lumps or bumps”.
Digital radiography results in 90% less radiation than conventional x-rays.
Digital radiography results in 90% less radiation than conventional x-rays. No more waiting for images to develop and no more chemical waste to pollute the environment. This is the latest way to take images of your mouth. Using a digital sensor to capture the image, then immediately scanning it into our computer software to produce high quality images. These images can then be evaluated on a large flat-screen monitor in front of your own eyes. Since these images are larger it allows for easier detection of any problems and easier for patients to see and understand what is happening with their teeth.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Early detection and treatment is the best way to surviving oral cancer. Oral cancer is a disease that not only lifelong smokers but also young non smokers. Oral cancer examinations are a routine part of every dental examination. Learn More About Oral Cancer Screenings