Scaling and Root Planing
The dentist may recommend scaling and root planing to treat gingivitis and other forms of gum disease. While this procedure is similar to the scaling the hygienist performs on teeth during a regular checkup, the focus is not only on the surface of the teeth around the gums but also underneath the gums.
If a patient has crooked teeth, gaps between the teeth, or other aesthetic concerns, these can be treated with cosmetic dentistry procedures. In some cases, smile imperfections that seem like only cosmetic issues have implications for oral health as well.
Practitioners use dental bonding to restore or improve a patient’s smile. The dentist applies a tooth-colored resin material to the patient's tooth. This material is hardened by a special light that causes it to "bond" to the teeth.
Routine dental care is essential to keeping the smile healthy. Consistently practicing good oral hygiene helps reduce the overall risk of disease. From home care to routine dental checkups to appointments with a specialist, routine dental care may vary over time.
Routine dental procedures are crucial to maintaining your overall health. They may be able to prevent any damage to your gums and teeth. You should see a dentist for routine dental procedures at least twice a year.
Routine dental procedures are available at Arizona Family Dental in Chandler and the surrounding area. We may be able to help you establish and maintain a dental care routine.
How often are dental checkups needed?
Dental checkups are an important part of routine dental care. To maintain a healthy smile, dental professionals recommend scheduling a checkup with a dentist at least once every six months. Some patients may need these checkups more frequently, depending on their oral health.
What should be included in an at-home oral care routine?
Having an at-home oral care routine will help keep the smile healthy in-between regular dental checkups. This routine should include brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and using an appropriate mouthwash. This routine may vary depending on oral health and a dental professional's recommendations.
What happens at a dental checkup?
During a dental checkup, a dental professional will look at the mouth and teeth for any signs of concern. They will also clean the teeth with specialized tools to remove the buildup of plaque and tartar. This leaves the teeth clean and helps to keep them healthy and free of bacteria that could cause decay.
What is scaling and root planing?
For some patients, a dental professional may recommend scaling and root planing. This common dental procedure is very similar to routine dental cleaning and is often recommended for patients that show signs of gum disease or gingivitis. It is just a deeper clean that also removes buildup on the teeth from beneath the gum line.
Why are X-rays taken at a dental checkup?
X-rays help dentists catch oral health issues that can not be detected with a visual exam, such as impacted wisdom teeth and bone loss. They allow the dentist to see under the gum, the roots of teeth, and the jaw bone. Also, X-rays are important for a new patient to help our team assess the current state of that patient’s overall oral health.