Gwinnett Dental Implant & Periodontal Center’s hygiene center has a skilled team of dentists trained in a wide array of procedures designed to prevent oral diseases and conditions and keep your teeth and gums healthy. Here’s a rundown of some of the services we offer.
Professional Cleanings, Exams, and Oral Cancer Screenings
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should receive come in for dental exams and professional cleanings once every 6 months. Dr. Schiffer is able to clean your teeth in ways you can’t at home, and during the exam he’ll look at your teeth, gums, tongue, and oral tissues. Older patients may need to have an oral cancer screening.
Scaling and Root Planing
Taking care of your teeth is important, but the health of your gum tissues matters just as much. Periodontal disease occurs when the gum tissues become infected, followed by the connective ligaments and eventually the alveolar bone. This disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in America.
Periodontal disease is identified by inflamed, red gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss. Fortunately, this condition is easily prevented and treated if we catch it in its early stages. One of the procedures used to help the gums recover is scaling and root planing. In this treatment, Dr. Schiffer will scale all the plaque, tartar, and bacterial toxins from teeth and roots, then smooth out the rough surfaces of the roots.
Fluoride is a mineral that naturally occurs in many of the foods and beverages we consume. It is also highly effective at fighting tooth decay. The processes of demineralization and remineralization cause our teeth to lose minerals with each passing day. If demineralization exceeds the effects of remineralization, your teeth will experience tooth decay.
Fluoride treatments let us supplement the natural process of remineralization and prevent tooth decay. We can even use it to reverse tooth decay in minor cases. Children, teenagers, and seniors are often at an increased risk for tooth decay, making this treatment very helpful for them.
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that fit over teeth to prevent tooth decay and cavities. They are applied to the occlusal surface (that is, the chewing surface) of premolars and molars. These teeth have deep fissures and grooves, which are often very narrow and more difficult to clean. Some grooves are so thin that toothbrush bristles won’t work on them, making it easier for colonies of bacteria to form.
By putting a sealant on one of these teeth, we can even out the surface. This seals the enamel off from bacteria and makes brushing easier. By preventing tooth decay, we can ensure that your teeth look and function well for the long haul.
For more information, please contact our office at (470) 222-8983.