Acworth Veneers and Implants

Dental Cleanings

Routine dental cleanings are important to maintaining good oral hygiene. Professional cleaning by a hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. It is recommended you go in for a cleaning once every six months.

How it's done
Patients can expect the dental cleaning to last between 50 minutes and an hour. Our hygienists have between 20-30 years of experience and are trained in periodontal therapy as well. The doctor will be in to do a final exam, review x-rays and answer any questions you have. Most people find that dental cleanings are painless, and do not cause any discomfort. However, for those who are particularly sensitive or apprehensive, we will take the necessary steps to ensure your comfort. There are two important steps to a dental cleaning.
The first step is scaling the teeth, whereby the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces. This can be performed by hand or with ultrasonic scaler depending on your particular needs. We remove plaque and tarter from above and below the gumline. If you have a significant buildup of tarter below the gumline, your cleaning my require an additional visit. This will be discussed with you up front before treatment is started.
The second step is polishing to remove any final plaque and stain. This may be done with a rubber cup polisher or an air polisher. Your individual needs will be discussed in making that decision.
Dental radiographs are taken as needed, most often once a year. Bite-wing x-rays are taken to detect cavities between the teeth and to view the level of bone around your teeth. We take digital x-rays, which reduce the amount of a typical bite-wing x-ray radiation by half the amount and are more comfortable in the mouth. Every 5-7 years we will recommend a panorex x-ray (Pan) that is a view from nose to chin and ear to ear. This is an important screening x-ray and can often detect areas that need to be addressed before they become painful or serious.
Along with our visual exam looking for abnormal lumps or bumps, we are pleased to be able to offer you a Vizilite exam. Vizilite is a screening for oral cancer and may be covered by insurance. Oral cancer is on the rise and is a devastating form of cancer, often fatal once detected. Those at highest risk for oral cancer include those that use tobacco, alcohol and those that are risk for sexually transmitted diseases. The Vizilite exam is fast and painless and can detect unusual changes in the tissue of the mouth before they surface and can be visible to the eye. Should any abnormal issues be noticed we can refer you to the appropriate physician for early diagnosis and treatment.
Here at West Cobb Family Dentistry, our dental hygienists also do sealants, teeth whitening and fluoride treatments. We can recommend the appropriate home fluoride and re-mineralizing tooth paste to fit your individual needs for preventing cavities.
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