While at Sharon Springs Dental, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and ensure that our dental work is of the highest quality. To ensure that you maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine. We can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan please one of our hygiene coaches.
We practice Bio-dentistry and we educate our patients that your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums and jaw bone are essential to oral health as well. We specialize in non-surgical periodontal treatment and continuous care for periodontal patients, or refer you to one of our recommended specialists.
The types of cleanings prescribed by the dentist vary based on the oral health ( dry mouth, bleeding gums, bone loss, high risk for caries, ...etc). While they all accomplish essentially the same thing — cleaner teeth — they are performed differently and for different reasons.
A prophylaxis, otherwise known as a routine cleaning, is performed on healthy patients who just need routine maintenance in order to ensure oral health. The cleaning is done only above the gum line and includes instrumentation with hand and/or ultrasound instruments as well “spinning rubber brush” with pumice paste and flossing.
Gingivitis therapy provides additional cleaning services to eliminate the built-up plaque on the teeth as well as plaque below the gum line. This therapy is meant for those who have gingivitis, a reversible type of periodontal disease.
Essentially, a gross debridement is performed by thoroughly working to remove any and all plaque buildup on the teeth and gums for the dentist to be able to see and evaluate the teeth and gums.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing, which is also referred to as a deep cleaning or periodontal therapy, is typically only administered to patients who have already developed gum/bone disease.
Harden tartar or calculus below the gums has the potential of causing gum disease and other serious oral and systemic health complications. When this occurs, a scaling and root planing is needed to ensure that the hardened plaque is cleaned off from under the gums by means of hand and ultrasonic instruments, powder jet and floss. Radiographic bone loss around the teeth is one of the indications of the presence of periodontal disease.
Once you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease & have undergone scaling & root planing, periodontal maintenance is what you can think of as taking the place of prophylaxis in your dental care routine. Rather than just addressing the crowns of your teeth as in prophylaxis, periodontal maintenance also cares for your tooth roots, gums & bone. The frequency of your periodontal maintenance appointments depends on your individual oral health condition & will be determined by your dentist.