Your first visit will begin with a comprehensive dental hygiene assessment. We will go over your dental and medical history, examine the head and neck for any abnormalities, screen for oral cancer and do a thorough exam of your hard and soft tissues, including an assessment of your oral hygiene habits. All of this information helps the dental hygienist formulate a dental hygiene diagnosis and will help us discuss your treatment plan, interventions and individual goals.
Scaling is the cleaning and removal of hard deposits on the teeth, also known as tartar and calculus. The buildup of these deposits is the main cause of gum disease and it is important to remove it from the teeth to prevent disease. To prevent such diseases, regular dental cleanings from a dental hygienist every 4-6 months is important. The goal of having frequent teeth cleanings is to resolve the signs of inflammation (red, puffy, sensitive gums), eliminate bleeding gums and keep your mouth happy and clean.
Oraqix is a needle-free anesthetic used for localized areas that require deep scaling or root planing. It anesthetizes the area almost immediately, and will last for about 20 minutes. If the anesthesia starts to wear off too soon, it can easily be reapplied. For more information, click here.
Stain removal (polishing or dental prophylaxis) is done by using a soft rubber cup and a special type of paste. It removes superficial staining of teeth commonly caused by coffee or tea. Many insurance companies will only cover polishing once per year, but our fee for polishing is very affordable should you choose to pay for it out of pocket. It's the finishing touch to your teeth cleaning!
Want brighter, whiter teeth? We offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening treatments.
The in-office whitening package includes a boost treatment of whitening, plus custom made take-home trays and gel. A whitening gel and activation light is placed on the teeth, and after a specific amount of time the gel is wiped off. This process accelerates the overall whitening process. Then, it is recommended to wear the take-home trays daily until the teeth are the desired shade (approximately 7-10 days)
With take-home custom whitening trays and gel, clients wear the trays daily for 15-40 minutes until the desired shade is obtained. To make the custom trays, impressions of the top and bottom teeth are taken in-office, and the trays are then fabricated.
Syringes of whitening gel may also be purchased separately if you already have your own custom trays.
For those wanting to only do in-office whitening, multiple sessions may be purchased.
Sealants are a thin, plastic type coating that are applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Molars have particularly deep pits and grooves making them difficult to clean which makes them very susceptible to decay. By placing a sealant on these teeth, it seals off and protects the tooth by filling in those pits and grooves, creating a smooth surface. Sealants are particularly important in children who have newly erupted molars. As soon as the molars are fully erupted, it is best to place the sealants right away before decay happens.
Sealants can last for many years but need to be checked for wear and chipping at your regular hygiene visits.
Fluoride helps in the prevention of cavities and tooth sensitivity by strengthening the enamel and helping the re-mineralization process. In our office we use either a fluoride gel or fluoride varnish, depending on each patients individual needs. In-office fluoride treatments contain a higher percentage of fluoride compared to toothpastes and mouth rinses.
For those who prefer to avoid fluoride, we can provide you with the proper information on xylitol rinses that you may use at home.
Custom made sports guards are the most recommended option for sports players of all ages. Because custom mouth guards are so precisely made, they are able to provide you with optimal safety and comfort. This is something that over-the-counter mouth guards cannot ever achieve.
Having a custom made sports mouth guard can protect injuries to the head, teeth and jaw area. They protect the teeth from becoming knocked out, broken or chipped and even protect you against a broken jaw. Over the counter "boil and bite" mouth guards do not provide the same level of comfort and protection as a custom fit guard.
Receive complimentary denture cleaning at your regular dental hygiene appointments. Plaque and tarter can build up on partial or full dentures, and it is important to keep this debris cleaned off to ensure tissue health around and under the dentures.