DENTAL HYGIENE PROPHYLAXIS
Commonly referred to as a “cleaning”, there are three types available: scale and polish, scaling and root debridement, or periodontal maintenance.
A patient’s oral health status informs what prophylactic treatment is selected.
For reference, a scale and polish is a basic cleaning. Root debridement, commonly referred to as a “deep cleaning", aims to combat gum disease (i.e. bone loss) by removing deposits further below the gumline. Periodontal maintenance is the kind of cleaning that happens after a deep cleaning to maintain health.
Topical fluoride can be applied to teeth to strengthen tooth structure, as well as reduce tooth sensitivity and risk of cavities.
SILVER DIAMINE FLUORIDE
This liquid topical medicament can be applied conservatively to cavities to arrest decay and make teeth less sensitive.
Trays may be created for delivery of fluoride or lightening agents. Lightening of the natural dentition is a cosmetic service, while fluoride application is a preventive measure. For patients who will receive new restorations, it is wise to lighten teeth prior to obtaining the new restoration so that the desired shade can be matched.
Before beginning treatment, a free consultation is performed. This allows practitioner, patient, and support team to become acquainted and ascertain the best course of action.
ORAL CANCER EXAM
An oral cancer exam is performed at each visit and involves observation and palpation of the head and neck as well as mouth.
Digital x-ray images are taken conservatively.
ORAL HEALTH EDUCATION
Patients and caregivers alike receive tailored professional oral health education.