Complete Exam and Cleaning
The best way to preserve the health of your teeth and gums is to maintain a sensible oral hygiene regimen. In addition to daily brushing and flossing, this includes regular dental examinations and professional cleanings.
Come in for a cleaning and we will gently but thoroughly remove all the tartar from your teeth -- a process known as "scaling." Then we will polish each tooth to a new luster. You should sit for this 45-minute appointment twice each year. And when you do, you'll find that your teeth have never felt as clean as they do when we are finished.
At Smiles of Riverstone, we're focused on using the most advanced technology to provide the greatest benefits to our patients. This is why we use digital x-rays to produce consistently safer, better results. Here's why our patients find our low-radiation digital x-rays to be superior to any other x-ray technology:
Safer Technology: Our digital x-ray machines use at least 50% less radiation than conventional film x-rays.
Better Results: The low radiation digital x-ray technology we use provides results as accurate as conventional x-rays, and reveals things that film x-rays simply can't. Plus, the digital image can be magnified to enhance diagnosis.
Faster X-rays: The films are developed much faster and can be seen on your television screen.
Periodontal diseases are serious bacterial infections that destroy the attachment fibers and supporting bone that hold your teeth in your mouth. Left untreated, these diseases can lead to tooth loss or other medical conditions like cardiovascular problems and complications for diabetics and pregnant women. Periodontal disease is sometimes hard to recognize because there is often no pain, and there may not be any bleeding, redness, or swelling.
Scaling and root planning also known as a "deep cleaning", is a non-surgical procedure in which plaque and tartar is removed from below your gum line. The tooth root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments. If you're experiencing bleeding, redness, or swelling in your gums, don't wait until your periodontal disease becomes worse.
In some instances, we can enhance treatment with localized antibiotic therapy. This medication is applied locally and may have proven to reduce pocket depths.