The procedure of teeth cleaning and polishing. It is the removal of plaque, calculus and stains from the teeth. It is usually called a prophy or routine teeth cleaning, and often this procedure is performed twice a year in the dental office.
Periodontal maintenance procedures follow active periodontal therapy such as root planing and scaling This procedure includes removal of the bacteria from the pocket areas, and scaling and polishing of the teeth. Typically, an interval of three to four months between appointments is an effective treatment schedule.
A thin layer of plastic-like material placed into the grooves and pits on a tooth to protect tne enamel.
This thin plastic coating is usually placed on the tops of molars and premolars. Sealants get hard and keep food and bacteria from getting into the surfaces of these teeth and causing cavities.
An appliance that holds or maintains the space between teeth due to premature loss of baby teeth.
Your child may need one if he or she loses a baby tooth prematurely, before the permanent tooth is ready to erupt.
Topical fluorides are applied directly to the tooth enamel. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth.
An ultrasonic cleaning, or scaling and root planing, may be needed in order to remove bacteria, calculus (tartar), and debris that has collected under the gum line. We will often place a numbing agent prior to treatment to keep the area comfortable.