Professional Teeth Cleanings
Types of Teeth Cleanings
When you visit our dental office for a routine exam and cleaning, our dentist will perform a standard teeth cleaning, known as prophylaxis. This treatment simply involves the removal of plaque and tartar buildup to protect against decay and disease. Depending on the state of your oral and periodontal health, however, our dentist may recommend additional teeth cleaning treatments, such as:
- Deep Cleaning: Also known as scaling and root planning, a deep cleaning is performed on patients with signs of gum disease, such as bleeding gums or deep gum pockets. This process removes plaque and tartar that have accumulated on exposed tooth roots and smoothens them to discourage further accumulation.
- Periodontal Maintenance: Typically, if you receive a deep cleaning, our dentist will recommend a periodontal maintenance plan, which involves additional teeth cleanings throughout the year. These occur more frequently than the standard twice-per-year cleanings to halt the progression of gum disease.
- Full Mouth Debridement: In the rare event that the buildup of plaque and tartar is so severe that our dentist cannot complete an oral exam, full mouth debridement may be performed. This eliminates all traces of plaque and tartar so the exam can continue.
Benefits of Professional Teeth Cleanings
Professional teeth cleanings offer a slew of benefits, including:
- Early Detection of Cavities and Gum Disease
- Prevention of Cavities and Gum Disease
- Tooth Loss Prevention
- Fresher Breath
- Removal of Surface Stains
- Decreased Risk of Other Health Diseases
The Teeth Cleaning Process
Here's what to expect during the teeth cleaning process at our office:
- Examination: Prior to the cleaning, our dentist will examine your teeth and gums to look for signs of decay, disease and other problems that may require additional treatments.
- Plaque and Tartar Removal: After the exam, our dentist will use a series of manual dental tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums. This process is completely painless.
- Polish and Floss: Next, our dentist will use a professional-grade electric toothbrush and a gritty paste to polish your teeth and eliminate surface stains. After a rinse, our dentist will floss your teeth to remove any remaining plaque and to check for signs of gum disease.
- Rinse and Fluoride: Finally, our dentist will give your mouth a final rinse and then being your fluoride treatment.
For optimal results, continue to brush and floss at home as directed by our dentist and return to our Springfield, Illinois, office every six months for your bi-annual cleaning and exam. To schedule your next teeth cleaning, call us today at 217-698-1717.