Dental Cleanings & Periodontal Treatment
Maintaining good oral hygiene is more than just brushing and flossing. Visiting the dentist at least twice a year is crucial to staying on top of your oral health.
At Pinnacle Dental, our staff will make sure your cleaning is comfortable and as painless as possible. Our hygienists are gentle and meticulous and strive to make you feel at home. We also offer non-surgical periodontal therapy (scaling and root planing) for patients whose gums require additional attention.
Why Tooth Cleaning Is Necessary
Cleaning your teeth every day is only part of successfully keeping your mouth healthy. While brushing and flossing at home is a great start, visiting Pinnacle Dental twice a year helps to ensure that you stay in good oral health.
During your appointments at our office, our hygienists are able to see and reach areas of your mouth that you might miss or are not able to thoroughly clean without our specialized instruments. Our cleaning appointments also include a review and update of your medical history, including whether you have chronic health problems or are taking medications that may impact your oral health.
Other problems can be discovered through twice-yearly cleanings, such as damage to your teeth and gums from aggressive brushing, oral habits, bruxism (grinding and clenching your teeth), and recent changes in diet and lifestyle. Many problems can go unnoticed at home until they become a serious issue. By having your teeth cleaned twice a year, you can help prevent small things from becoming serious things later.
What’s Involved in Tooth Cleaning?
Tooth cleanings remove plaque (the sticky film on your teeth before you brush) and calculus (tartar) deposits that build up on your teeth over time. Calculus comes from the calcium secreted in your saliva, which coats your teeth and help strengthen and protect them. However, calcium builds up, like limescale on faucets or tubs. If it’s left on your teeth, it creates the right conditions for bacteria to thrive right next to the gums.
Tooth cleaning and polishing leaves the surface of your teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria can no longer stick to them, and you can better keep them clean at home. Following your cleaning, Dr. Freeman will complete a thorough exam of your mouth, including screening for oral cancer, and will discuss with you anything she might see and answer any questions you might have.
Our hygienists at Pinnacle Dental use specialized instruments to remove the tartar from your teeth leaving the surface clean and free of bacteria. Afterwards your teeth will be polished using a special grit that leaves your teeth shiny and smooth. A dental cleaning shouldn’t be uncomfortable, but if you haven’t had your teeth cleaned in some time, you may have some sensitivity due to the bacteria causing inflammation in your gums. Let the staff at Pinnacle Dental know how long it’s been between cleanings for you so that they can plan special measures to make you more comfortable.
Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
Periodontal (gum) disease is a term that refers to the inflammation and bone loss caused by certain bacteria in your mouth. If tartar and plaque are left undisturbed, they become a breeding ground for bacteria, which damage your gum tissue. Gum disease is a progressive condition that starts with red and bleeding gums and, if left untreated, will lead to bone and eventual tooth loss. Left unchecked it can also have negative consequences throughout your entire body, not only your mouth.
Fortunately, at Pinnacle Dental we’re well trained at diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. To benefit your health, we offer non-surgical scaling and root planing (sometimes referred to as a 'deep cleaning') as a first-line therapy to treat and manage your disease. After reviewing your x-rays and taking measurements of your gums, the hygienists along with Dr. Freeman will determine exactly what type of non-surgical therapy will be used to treat your active disease.
Scaling and root planing is similar to the typical scaling you receive during a routine oral hygiene visit, but also significantly more in-depth. After numbing the affected areas, the hygienists use an ultrasonic scaler to smooth the tooth and root surfaces along with removing diseased soft tissue. Usually one or two segments of your mouth will be done at one appointment.
Periodontal scaling and root planing is the most conservative way to treat your periodontal disease; however, some areas of severe disease that do not respond to treatment might require referral to a specialist. We look forward to slowing or stopping this disease process and will keep you advised of the status of your condition as it heals.
Call to Schedule Your Appointment
Please contact us at Pinnacle Dental if you need to make an appointment to have your teeth cleaned. If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist, we’re happy to get you in to see one of our hygienists to determine what type of cleaning you’d most benefit from.