Cleaning & Exams
If you have symptoms of an advanced stage of gum disease, we may need to conduct periodontal cleaning (also called deep cleaning), scaling or root planing to eliminate any bacteria, plaque, tartar or food residue that has accumulated beneath the gums.
Procedure for First Dental Examination
Dr. Eshraghi will conduct a comprehensive dental examination the first time you visit our office. During routine appointments, your exams will usually include the following steps:
Periodontal Supportive Therapy
If plaque is left on your teeth, it can develop into calculus in just 24 hours. Daily brushing and flossing will keep plaque under control and prevent it from progressing, but professional cleanings will allow us to clean any hard-to-reach areas.
Periodontal Supportive Therapy (PST), also known as periodontal dental prophylaxis, is conducted by a Registered Dental Hygienist. If you are scheduled for one, your cleaning appointment will involve a periodontal exam and the following steps.
Tartar is hardened plaque that forms both above and below the gum line. Plaque that remains on a tooth for too long can harden into this hard-to-remove substance. We'll utilize special dental instruments to eliminate them.
When bacteria are allowed to grow unhindered on a tooth, it starts to form a sticky, semi-invisible film known as plaque. Plaque is a colony of saliva, food residue and bacteria. The bacteria produce toxins that cause the gums to become inflamed, which is the starting point of periodontal disease. To prevent the plaque from causing further damage, we will remove it and instruct you on how to keep it at bay with lifestyle changes at home.
We will also remove stains and plaque that remains following the tooth cleaning and scaling.
Once the procedure is done, Dr. Eshraghi may prescribe antibiotics, along with over-the-counter pain medication if you are suffering from any pain or tenderness in the affected area.
Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease has multiple contributing factors, such as poor oral hygiene, waiting too long between professional cleanings, and other health complications such as diabetes. Women who are pregnant or undergoing menopause can also have periodic episodes of gum disease and inflammation. Dr. Eshraghi can monitor such symptoms and provide treatment.
If gum disease is not promptly treated, inflammation and infection will begin to affect the area beneath the gum line as well, eventually causing teeth to loose and undermining the supporting bone. We must treat it to prevent tooth loss.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at (971) 317-8414.