About the procedure
A dental cleaning, also known as dental prophylaxis or professional dental cleaning, is a procedure performed by a dentist or dental hygienist to maintain the health and cleanliness of teeth and gums. It is an essential part of regular dental care and is recommended to be done periodically, usually every 6 months.
During a dental cleaning, several steps are carried out:
- Initial Assessment: The dentist or dental hygienist will conduct an initial assessment of the patient's oral health, reviewing their dental history and performing a visual examination of the teeth and gums. They may also take dental X-rays to get a more comprehensive view of dental health.
- Plaque and Calculus Removal: Using special instruments, the professional will remove dental plaque and calculus (also known as tartar) from the teeth and gums. Plaque is a sticky, transparent film mainly composed of bacteria and food debris, while calculus is a hardened buildup of plaque that adheres to the teeth and can only be removed with dental instruments.
- Cleaning and Polishing: After removing plaque and calculus, the teeth are cleaned using a polishing paste and a special tool called a prophy cup to remove stains and polish the dental surface. This helps eliminate superficial stains and leaves the teeth smoother and brighter.
- Education and Recommendations: During the cleaning, the professional may provide education on proper oral hygiene, including brushing techniques and flossing. They may also offer personalized recommendations for dental care based on the individual needs of the patient.
In addition to cleaning the teeth and gums, a dental cleaning also provides an opportunity to detect and evaluate potential dental problems or periodontal diseases at early stages. This allows for timely intervention and prevention of future complications.
It is essential to highlight that a professional dental cleaning does not replace daily oral hygiene performed at home. Brushing teeth at least twice a day, using dental floss, and following a healthy diet are fundamental for maintaining good oral health. Professional dental cleaning complements these habits and contributes to maintaining a healthy smile and optimal oral well-being.
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Frequently asked questions
How do you determine the price of the smile design and dental treatments?
The price of smile design and dental treatments is determined on an individual basis since each patient has unique needs and requirements. During the pre-treatment study and clinical evaluation, the case will be analyzed, and a personalized treatment plan will be provided, allowing us to determine the price based on the procedures required.
The smile design treatments are painful?
Most smile design treatments are performed with local anesthesia, which minimizes any discomfort or pain during the procedure. After the treatment, you may experience some temporary sensitivity or mild discomfort, but it typically subsides quickly.
How long do the results of the smile design last?
The duration of the results can vary depending on the specific treatment and post-treatment care. For example, dental whitening can last for several months or years with good oral hygiene habits and avoiding foods and beverages that stain the teeth. On the other hand, dental veneers or crowns usually have a longer lifespan but may eventually require replacement due to normal wear and tear.
What are the additional benefits of a smile design beyond dental aesthetics?
In addition to improving the aesthetic appearance, a smile design can have functional and health benefits. Some of these benefits include improved dental alignment, better bite and occlusion, correction of malocclusion issues, prevention of excessive dental wear, and increased self-confidence and emotional well-being.