Comprehensive Exam: Your first visit incorporates a 360-degree overview of your health. This entails a review of your medical history, x-rays, visual examination, dental charting, periodontal probing and a discussion of what you’re hoping to get from your dental care. From this information, your dentist will make their diagnosis and explain any findings, address your concerns and develop your individualized treatment plan.
Cleanings (Prophylaxis): The American Dental Association recommends a dental cleaning every 6 months. During this visit, your hygienist will review any questions and concerns you may have, update any needed x-rays and perform your cleaning. This cleaning includes removal of dental plaque and calculus from the teeth, as well as below the gumline. Regular cleanings every 6 months helps prevent cavities, infections, gingivitis, periodontal disease and unneeded pain.
Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Planing): If it has been over a year since your last cleaning, you may need Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing (“A Deep Clean”). A Deep Clean often requires local anesthetic (numbing) which allows the hygienist to easily clean heavy plaque and calculus build-up from below the gum line; an extremely effective way to treat periodontal (gum and bone) disease. Often, complex periodontal cases will require a referral to a Periodontist Specialist.