Is the removal of stains and soft deposits of plaque that have accumulated on your teeth. Some common factors that lead to stain build up are drinking coffee, tea, red wine, and smoking. The benefits of having your teeth polished include not only a brighter smile, but the teeth surfaces are smoother after having a polish thus helping to slow down the development of bacterial plaque on the teeth. We have both rubber-cup polish and prophy-jet polish(air polish) available for our clients.
Air polishing was first introduced to the North American dental profession in the 1970s as an effective means of quickly and easily removing extrinsic stains and soft debris from tooth surfaces. Despite scientific evidence showing it to be an effective and efficient means of plaque and stain removal, being at least three times faster than rubber cup polishing, it hasn’t been widely accepted. This is likely due to the fact that dental hygiene programs don’t routinely incorporate air polishing into the curriculum, preferring instead to focus on rubber cup polishing. Opposition often points to the mess of aerosolized sodium bicarbonate coating everything in the operatory, people included.
Air polishing research has taken an interesting turn, focusing more recently on subgingival biofilm removal to control disease, rather than stain removal for aesthetic reasons.
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and Root Planing is the removal of bacterial plaque, stain, and calculus (tartar) from the tooth and root surface. Plaque accumulates on your teeth daily and contains bacteria that can cause gum disease. The minerals in your saliva calcify plaque to form calculus. Calculus provides a rough surface for the accumulation of more plaque and serves as a mechanical irritant to the surrounding tissue. The irritation inflames the gums allowing the harmful bacteria to penetrate the tissue and cause gum disease. We use both hand and ultrasonic scaling techniques.
We recommend fluoride treatment based on your individual needs because we feel that fluoride is an effective tool to prevent cavities. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral. The benefits of having systemic fluoride as a child include stronger enamel and shallower grooves and fissures in the development of the teeth. The smoother and shallower the pits and fissure on the tooth the easier it is to clean away debris that may be on the tooth. One disadvantage of systemic fluoride is that it provides no benefits for adults. Topical application of fluoride can be very beneficial for adults who are still experiencing decay activity. Fluoride can also help to desensitize teeth that have exposed root surfaces. Polishing may remove the mineral rich layer of enamel and fluoride helps to promote the re-mineralization of these areas. Topical Fluoride application can be applied in many forms such as toothpastes, mouth rinses, and gels in addition to the professional fluoride treatment done in the office.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
Individualized instructions on methods for plaque removal, stain reduction, desensitization and tissue stimulation in order to maximize your oral health are evaluated and updated at each appointment. Oral hygiene instruction includes toothbrushing, flossing and/or specialty tooth cleaning aides. All specialty oral hygiene aids are provided to you at our cost and we can usually make special orders for anyone who is not able to find what they are looking for.
Oral Cancer Screening with Veloscope Technology
Introducing the VELscope® Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System, which centers on a wireless, handheld scope that uses natural tissue fluorescence visualization to help discover oral mucosal abnormalities that might otherwise have been overlooked.
Pit and Fissure Sealants
These are preventive resin coatings applied to the biting surfaces of the molars and premolars. They flow into the pits and fissures of these teeth and prevent bacteria from getting stuck in the groves, out of the reach of the toothbrush. These are generally placed shortly after full eruption of the permanent tooth.
Custom Fit Sports Mouthguards
Sports mouthguards are protective resin trays that cover the teeth protecting them from injury during certain sports activities. They are custom fabricated to fit the individual snuggly and are less bulky than store bought brands, therefore they are more well tolerated and worn on a regular basis.
We would like to help your sports team protect their teeth while also helping others through our Mouthguard Madness campaign.
These are otherwise known as xrays. Radiographs are necessary diagnostic tools when diagnosing factors involved with gum disease and bone loss. Radiographs are safe and expose the individual to a minimal amount of radiation. The frequency in which they are taken depends on individuals’ needs. In every circumstance we try to acquire existing radiographs from other health professionals to minimize your exposure to radiation.
Teeth can be sensitive to a number of things including hot or cold, touch, or sweets. These can generally be grouped into a hypersensitive situation of the tooth root. When the gums recede the root is exposed and under certain conditions may become sensitive. Desensitization uses techniques to protect the tooth root from these stimuli.
Our office has new ‘needle-less” procedures that apply a topical anesthetic to the teeth that may reduce or eliminate tooth sensitivity during scaling and root planing procedures.
Smoking Cessation Techniques
The vast majority of smokers want to quit but there are barriers to their success. Some of the barriers are systemic while others reflect the realities of the quitting process itself. Smokers typically make several cessation attempts before they successfully quit smoking for good. In fact, the survey revealed only one-third of ex-smokers were able to quit permanently on their first attempt. Given this reality, smokers need access to a variety of supports to reflect the individual nature of the smoking cessation journey.
We are here to help with your journey and have access to information on support centers and books ( Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Quit Smoking ) that can be loaned out to clients that are ready to quit smoking.
Irrigation aims to cleanse the periodontal pocket of the plaque and debris that collects in the interdental spaces (between the teeth) and subgingival (under the gumline) in order to prevent the colonization of harmful oral bacteria. This procedure is also used to deliver antimicrobials to the subgingival areas. Pocket irrigation may be performed as part of a professional dental cleaning or at home with a specially modified oral irrigator.