Deep Dental Cleanings

Picture of a professional dental cleaning at the clinicThorough home care is an important part of a successful oral hygiene routine. Combining regular brushing and flossing along with a routine visit to our dental office for cleaning every six months will keep your smile healthy and will help protect your teeth from cavities and gum disease. Our dental hygienist uses a combination of manual and automatic tools such as the ultrasonic scaler to remove plaque, tartar, stains and bacteria build-up that can accumulate over a six month period. Going to J.B. Dental at least twice a year will help ensure your beautiful smile stays that way.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Cleanings Twice A Year?

Most dental insurance companies recognize the importance of going to the dentist twice a year because long term prevention is much less expensive than restorative treatment. Most insurance types will cover the routine dental visit at 100%. That means there are generally no out of pocket payments for our patients. Our office accepts most PPO dental plans; such as Aetna, Cigna, DeltaDental, Guardian, and many others. Please call our office and we will help verify the insurance benefits specific to your individual plan.

Scaling and Root Planing

Periodontal Disease, often referred to as “gum disease” is a prevalent and most times asymptomatic condition, seen in over half of the American population. Have you noticed a loosening of your teeth, bleeding gums or a bad taste/smell coming from your mouth? You may have periodontal disease. Current research shows a direct link between the bacteria that causes gum disease and other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. There is a direct correlation between the health of your mouth and the rest of your body.

It is more important than ever to keep your mouth healthy and clean. We take a team approach to helping you get this dangerous disease under control by increasing the frequency of your cleanings and addressing your current oral hygiene regimen to enable you to better care for your teeth and gums.

Diagnosing periodontal disease begins with a complete dental exam. At that time, we will check for any presence of disease in the gingiva by measuring the height and health of your gum tissue and the supporting bone. If pockets of bacteria have formed around the teeth and bone loss is present on the x-rays, a deep cleaning will be recommended, referred to as Scaling and Root Planing. During this cleaning we will remove all the hard (calculus) and soft (plaque) buildup around the teeth and under the gum tissue, using a combination of hand instruments and ultrasonic cleaners. The cleanings can take 2-4 appointments depending on the severity and involvement of the disease process.

During the series of appointments, we will take the time to learn about your home care habits and demonstrate correct technique to enable you to correctly care for your teeth and gums. Approximately 3-4 months after your last deep cleaning appointment, we will re-evaluate your bone/tissue measurements to ensure your disease process is under control, as well as perform a periodontal maintenance cleaning to help keep your teeth and gums free of any accumulating bacteria.

What can I expect after my dental cleaning?

Discomfort can vary after a deep dental cleaning, but generally one can expect it to be more sensitive after a root planning procedure since it is more involved than a preventive cleaning. Temperature sensitivity and gum tenderness are the most common after-effects. Typically, anti-inflammatory medications, like Ibuprofen, work well to alleviate minor soreness. Warm salt water rinses are also very effective at drawing inflammation away from the tissues. Taking care to be thorough but gentle during your homecare regimen will assist in bacterial removal while giving the gums time to heal. If your discomfort in any way gives you cause for concern, please call our office.

Cancer Screening

happy male patient sitting on dental chair for cancer screeningAt J.B. Dental an in-depth cancer screening is included with each patient exam and cleaning. Oral cancer risks include tobacco use, alcohol use, sun exposure and contracting the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). With these all too common risk factors affecting nearly every patient in some way, it is important to have your dentist or hygienist check all areas of your mouth including your tongue, cheeks, palate, throat, lips, glands and lymph nodes of the neck. While the following symptoms may be caused by other, less serious problems, it is very important to visit our office to rule out the possibility of oral cancer. The most common symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Red or white spots or sores anywhere in the oral cavity
  • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
  • A lump, thickening, or rough spot
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
  • A feeling of something stuck in your throat

Our goal is to identify oral cancer as early as possible, so please alert your dental professional right away if you have noticed any lump or bump that seems out of the ordinary.

Contact J.B. Dental Today!

You deserve to have a beautiful smile that you are happy with, let the J.B. Dental team show you how this smile is possible. Visit our “contact us” form or call our office to schedule an initial appointment today! (720) 458-6561

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