Dental cleanings are appointments in which the dentist will thoroughly clean the patient’s teeth to ensure a healthy smile. Dental cleanings can help patients maintain healthy gums and teeth. Dental cleaning appointments are also a great chance for the dentist to monitor any previous dental treatments. Many oral conditions can be diagnosed during a dental cleaning. Dental cleanings should be scheduled every six months, according to the American Dental Association.
The dentist will begin the appointment by visually examining the patient’s teeth to identify any signs of disease. The cleaning will target the spaces between the teeth and gum line. Each tooth will be cleaned using special instruments and a cleaning agent to remove all bacteria, plaque, and tartar. The dentist will also polish the surface of the tooth during this appointment. The dentist will then speak with the patient on how to improve their oral hygiene with routine brushing and flossing based on the cleaning. Dental x-rays may also be taken following the cleaning to provide more detailed information on the health of the tooth roots and jawbones.
As Beverly Hill’s top periodontist, Dr. Baradaran believes that routine dental cleanings can prevent gum disease. Regular dental cleanings remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar before it turns into gum disease. If the cleaning indicates that there is gum disease present, Dr. Baradaran may suggest periodontal maintenance.
Periodontal maintenance is cleaning procedures such as root planning and scaling. Root planning and scaling allow the dentist to deep clean the gums and teeth. Periodontal maintenance can remove tartar, promote good oral hygiene, and fresh breath. The dentist will begin the treatment by administering an anesthetic to reduce any discomfort during the treatment. The dentist will then proceed to remove debris below the gum line. Once the gum line has been cleaned, the dentist will then shape the roots of the tooth to prevent any bacteria from collecting. The dentist will prescribe an antibiotic cream to place in the gum pockets to properly heal the area. An x-ray will be taken to view any present periodontal diseases or areas of concern. The dentist will schedule several follow-up appointments to ensure a successful recovery.
Root planing is often referred to as teeth scaling, and it removes bacteria and plaque below your gums. The goal of this dental treatment is to prevent bone loss, which can loosen your teeth and also cause other medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Dr. Baradaran recommends you get your teeth scaled along with a root planing. In other words, you are receiving a “deep cleaning." Not only does this help to treat chronic periodontitis or gum disease, but it is also much more in-depth than a standard tooth cleaning treatment. Our goal is to make sure you have healthy gums, teeth, and better overall oral health.
You cannot ignore treatment because the bacteria in your pockets in the gums will continue to create plaque, tartar, and bone loss. If you leave chronic periodontal disease untreated, it can lead to the following:
First and foremost, if you are concerned about discomfort or pain, Dr. Baradaran will discuss Sedation Dentistry as an option for you. Generally, a local anesthetic is used to minimize any discomfort you might feel during the treatment. The teeth scaling portion of the treatment involves scraping all the plaque from your teeth. This plaque may be in large pockets that have developed between your gums and teeth. During the root planing, a scaling tool is used to smooth the roots of your teeth. This smoothing treatment helps your gums reattach to your teeth. In some instances, antimicrobial agents or oral antibiotics may be necessary to help the healing process.
Routine dental cleanings help prevent gum disease. Root planing and scaling is a non-surgical dental treatment that treats periodontal disease. For this reason, it is often considered the “gold standard" of periodontal treatment for patients with gum disease. If you are suffering from chronic bad breath and massive tartar build-up, you most likely will need root planing as a primary treatment to treat this condition.
Deep pockets between your gums and teeth are not the only signs you need root planing. Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
Dr. Baradaran performs root planing and teeth scaling as an outpatient procedure in their Beverly Hills office. You may need to schedule one (1) to two (2) appointments based on the seriousness of your periodontal disease.
We also want to encourage you not to be embarrassed about having oral health problems. Chronic periodontal disease affects almost half of the adult U.S. population ages 30 and up. Please don’t let anxiety, embarrassment, or fear stop you from treating and correcting this significant dental health issue. Dr. Baradaran dedicates himself to providing you with the utmost in excellent medical care. Please contact our office at (310) 205-5315 to schedule your appointment today.