TEETH CLEANING & PREVENTION
INITIAL CONSULT/ NEW PATIENT EXAMINATION
At Smile Design Boston, we customize each initial consultation to the patient’s needs, from teeth cleaning to more advanced dental procedures. Your visit will be different from what you’re probably accustomed to from past dental office experiences.
First, we conduct a thorough examination. We use the most advanced technology to gain a comprehensive view of your oral health, including an intra-oral digital camera, 3-D intra-oral scanner, and DIGITAL X-RAYS. The 3-D intra-oral scanner is used to make a 3-D digital impression of your teeth with NO MESSY MOLDS. These 3-D scans are turned into molds by a 3-D PRINTER right here in our office, giving us a highly detailed replica of your teeth.
If you’re planning on a COSMETIC DENTAL PROCEDURE, you have a number of options for treatment. Following our initial examination, we will discuss different options available and explain what we believe will be the right approach for your needs. It is always our priority to help you reach your goals and attain an OPTIMUM OUTCOME.
Digital x-rays provide highly detailed images of your teeth and are a standard part of your teeth cleaning and routine dental care. Using digital technology REDUCES PATIENT RADIATION exposure by 90% compared to traditional film x-rays. Digital sensors are more responsive than film, so less radiation is required to produce a digital image. Dental radiation has always been considered safer than other forms of medical radiation because it is directed to areas of the body that aren’t considered to be highly radiosensitive.
The most critical aspect of overall oral health is receiving regular professional dental cleanings and check-ups. During a teeth cleaning appointment, we remove dental plaque and tartar that accumulates around the teeth and gums. Our HIGHLY TRAINED TEAM OF HYGIENISTS perform this under high loupes magnification using ultrasonic instruments and fine polishing techniques. This process makes the teeth cleaning appointment PAINLESS and comfortable. The cleaning will also remove any stains that have accumulated due to pigmented foods or beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, etc. Fluoride treatments, which include the topical application of fluoride and varnish, are a standard part of our preventive care. These services are highly recommended to prevent cavities and reduce tooth sensitivity. We also perform an oral cancer and abnormal lesion screening during that visit.
Some patients may need more frequent cleanings or subsequent periodontal maintenance, like scaling and root planing, to maintain proper oral and periodontal (gum) health. We will work together to help you achieve and maintain your best oral health.
GINGIVITIS & PERIODONTITIS (GUM DISEASE) TREATMENT
Gingivitis is a reversible gum disease that is most typically recognized with the appearance of red, puffy gums. It can be easily treated with a thorough teeth cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup.
Periodontal disease is an oral disease that develops from a lack of proper brushing and flossing, oftentimes resulting in gum recession, bone loss, and subsequent tooth loss. The early signs that you may have periodontal disease include red gum tissue, bleeding at the gums during flossing and/or brushing, and chronic bad breath.
Treatment for gum disease is dependent on the type and stage of disease.
If gingivitis goes untreated, it may progress to periodontitis, which is a more advanced stage of gum disease that affects the underlying bone. Scaling and root planing are the most common treatment plan for periodontitis. They include cleaning the teeth above and below the gumline and using ultrasonic scaling instruments and hand instruments. It is a conservative treatment that does not require surgery. Advanced cases of periodontal disease may require gum surgery if the tissue cannot be repaired with non-surgical treatment alone.
If you notice symptoms of teeth and gum disease, consider meeting with a doctor in our clinic who specializes in periodontal treatment.
SCALING AND ROOT PLANING / SRP
Scaling and Root Planing (SRP) is also known as a DEEP CLEANING of calcium and tartar buildup. It helps to control and stop the progression of active gum disease that is called periodontitis. Left untreated, periodontitis will lead to irreversible damage to the supporting gum and bone structures of your teeth and ultimately cause tooth loss.
Treating this disease involves removing the source of the gum inflammation, bacterial plaque and tartar. Deep scaling and root planing of the tooth root surfaces that harbor the tartar is done with the use of ANESTHESIA (numbing of your gums). If treated early, most cases of periodontitis are RESOLVABLE. More advanced cases often require surgery to prevent tooth loss and/or continued dental infections.
Sometimes, multiple visits are necessary to complete this treatment. After completion, patients return for regular periodontal maintenance teeth cleaning to monitor gums as they return to stabilization and prevent further harmful gum disease.