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What can I expect when I come in for a teeth cleaning?

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860 Summit St. #134 Elgin, IL 60120

There are different kinds of dental procedures available in the office which is done by your dentist and each of this procedure is done to attain a certain goal. These treatments can either be restorative or preventive. Restorative dental procedures are therapeutic and corrective so they are performed to treat all dental issues; preventive dental procedures, on the other hand, are performed to avoid the further effects of oral diseases to one’s mouth.

One example of a preventive dental procedure is teeth cleaning or also called dental cleaning, dental scaling or oral prophylaxis. This dental procedure involves cleaning the surface of the teeth removing hardened dental plaque.

Here’s what you can expect when you come in for your dental cleaning:

Patients are always recommended to visit their dentists or dental hygienists for their routine cleaning for at least twice a year. But there are cases which your dentist will ask you to visit every week, or by three to four months – this only applies to those who have a bad condition of gum disease.

Buildup at the subgingival space is not always cleaned and maintained properly with brushing and flossing. Your dentist will use a scaler to scrape your gum’s deeper areas. The time it will take for a teeth cleaning procedure always depends on the condition of your oral health. But usually, teeth cleaning can run up for about 15 to 30 minutes (scaling included through all the teeth). If the patient’s condition is somewhat severe, more thorough scaling is required by the dentist. For these cases, teeth cleaning procedures can run up to an hour or two, especially where there is a heavy staining of the teeth.

During the teeth cleaning procedure, your dentist will start scaling through the subgingival space and may touch or cut some damaged tissues. Bleeding may occur and this should be normal, so do not be alarmed. The pain should be gone after a while, usually as soon as the cleaning procedure is completed or a few hours after your appointment.

If a normal teeth cleaning is still not enough to restore your teeth and gums back to it’s original form, more invasive procedures will be suggested by your dentist. Deep cleaning involves a more invasive access into the gums, where much of tartar and plaque have collected and hardened. When your tooth roots and bone are affected, a surgical procedure involving some gum reduction may be required so that your dentist can plane the roots. To remove a hardened plaque in the root of your tooth, more gums will be reduced so that the infected area can be thoroughly cleaned.

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    Deep Cleaning of Teeth

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    860 Summit St. #134 Elgin, IL 60120

    Deep Cleaning of TeethMany patients at Smiles of Elgin are surprised to learn that they have early gum disease, also known as gingivitis. The reason this catches them off guard is because they take excellent care of their oral health by brushing and flossing daily in addition to coming in for bi-annual checkups. Unfortunately, this isn’t always enough. By age 30, about half of all adults have gum disease. This jumps to three-quarters by age 60. At Smiles of Elgin, our dentists can help you reverse gingivitis with deep cleaning of teeth.

    What Happens During a Deep Cleaning Session?

    Patients sometimes feel confused because the terms deep cleaning, scaling, and root planing are used interchangeably. A deep cleaning session may involve one or both of these procedures. Scaling means that a dental hygienist scrapes the dental tartar from the surface of your teeth. This happens during a regular cleaning as well, but he or she typically uses more pressure and concentrates on each area longer when you come in for deep cleaning. Root planing involves smoothing out the surfaces around the roots to eliminate gum pockets or discourage them from forming in the future.
    On the day of your deep cleaning appointment, you will receive an anesthetic to numb the area of your mouth undergoing scaling or root planing. We typically only complete one quadrant of your mouth at a time. This means that Dr. Hao, or Dr. Amuyan works on the top left, top right, bottom left, or bottom right in one appointment. You will need to schedule one to three additional appointments depending on how many of your teeth require deep cleaning.

    Your Partner in Excellent Oral Health

    We understand that staying ahead of gum disease can be challenging, especially as you get older. For most patients, scaling and root planing is enough to reverse the damage. Others may require minor oral surgery for gum pockets that are difficult to remove. Feel free to contact us at any time with questions about gum disease prevention and treatment or the procedures we use to treat it.

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      Monday 10.00 to 6.00
      Tuesday 10.00 to 6.00
      Wednesday 11.00 to 8.00
      Thursday 10.00 to 6.00
      Friday 10.00 to 6.00
      Saturday 8.00 to 3.00
      Sunday Appointment only