Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta
Prosthodontic, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry located in Brookhaven, GA
Why Should I Get My Teeth Professionally Cleaned?
Dental cleanings are incredibly beneficial because they provide a way to keep updated on your oral health. Having professional dental cleanings twice a year is the best way to prevent tooth decay cavities and to keep your gums healthy. When you keep up to date with regular teeth cleanings, you take an active step in fighting against health problems such as gum disease.
What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning Session?
Our teeth cleaning process is thorough and all-inclusive so that you leave with a fresh and clean mouth. We have amazing hygienists that provide you not only with thorough dental cleanings and gum care but also give tips to maintain a clean mouth at home.
First, we start the process with a comprehensive exam. A Dental Implants and Aesthetic Specialists professional begins by visually looking over your teeth and assessing your gum health, looking for any obvious decay or gum issues. They will also look for any signs of gingivitis (inflamed gums), tooth decay, or other potential concerns to see if it is okay to proceed. If you need X-rays, they are taken during your appointment.
Teeth Cleaning Process
Our team provides a deep clean by using specialized tools that expertly remove plaque and tartar from areas you may not be able to reach on your own. Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists provides dentistry services that help prevent, detect and treat tooth decay or gum disease before it becomes serious. Before we start the cleaning, we clean instruments through a 3 step process.
- Used dental instruments are manually scrubbed or run through the ultrasonic machine.
- Instruments are then rinsed off and dried completely.
- After they are dry, the instruments are sterilized in our autoclaves using high heat by steam mechanism.
Once the instruments are disinfected and ready to go, we start the plaque and tartar removal.
Disinfecting Gums and Plaque Removal
The dental cleaning process begins after your X-rays are taken. The hygienist uses a small metal tool with pointed ends to remove harmful plaque and tartar from your teeth. Additionally, we use an ultrasonic scaling instrument that sprays water and vibrates to disinfect the gums. This step is vital to returning your mouth to a healthy state as you can only have tartar removed at your dentist’s office.
Once the plaque and tartar buildup has been scaled, the hygienist or dentist buffs your teeth using a high-powered brush and special toothpaste that feels gritty in order to remove the additional plaque that has built up on the gums. It may sound scary, but it’s the best way to get a deep clean and remove any tartar left behind.
Floss & Fluoride Treatment
Afterward, our hygienists will professionally floss between your teeth to identify any potential trouble spots. Lastly, you may be given a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth between office visits. Fluoride treatments are used as a protectant for your teeth in order to help fight against cavities for several months following your visit. After this process, you leave our offices feeling renewed and your mouth feeling refreshed.
How Often Should You Get Your Teeth Cleaned?
We suggest that you come in for a professional check-up and dental cleaning twice a year. If someone has impeccable dental hygiene, some dentists say that this can be stretched to two years under extreme circumstances but this is not recommended. Luckily, in most cases, dental insurance plans cover professional teeth cleanings every 6 months. Dental cleanings do not take long if you get them done regularly. If your teeth are healthy and clean, then a dental cleaning should take about 60 minutes.
Although, sometimes there are special cases that will take longer, like if you have poor oral health and you have cavities and/or a large build up of tartar. In these cases, a dental cleaning can take closer to an hour. When you maintain your oral health, you'll spend less time in the dentist's chair. We are happy and ready to make sure your smile remains radiant whenever you decide to come in and visit us.
Can Teeth Cleaning Hurt?
When you come in for your regularly scheduled dental cleaning, we will make sure that you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the cleaning process. As a whole, a dental cleaning isn't typically a painful process, but it is normal that you might feel a bit sore afterward. However, there can be factors that may cause you pain if you have underlying oral health issues.
Inflammation in the gums, tooth decay and other symptoms of oral and gum disease can lead to increased sensitivity which may cause you to feel pressure or pain. It's essential to remove as much tartar and plaque as possible, especially if you haven't had a cleaning for a while.The more you come in to get a check-up, the less likely you are to feel pain when getting your teeth cleaned.
Schedule a Teeth Cleaning With Our Specialists Today!
We are open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m on Tuesday. When you come in we really take our time to make sure you leave with your mouth feeling refreshed and with knowledge of how to properly manage your oral health. We have a great staff who want to see your beautiful smile soon. If it has been a while since your last dental cleaning, make sure to schedule it today by contacting us online or by booking an appointment by calling Dental Implants and Aesthetic Specialists!