Cleanings in Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect, IL
We make sure that procedures included in a routine teeth cleaning appointment are selected to meet the needs of the individual patient. Our Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect, IL office helps each patient establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep their teeth and gums healthy.
Routine Teeth Cleanings
A routine teeth cleaning is usually given every six months and is preventative maintenance for those who already have healthy gums.
Prophylaxis procedure is focused on supragingival (above gumline) debridement of plaque and tartar deposit from all tooth surfaces on patients with no history of gum disease.To achieve best results in the removal of calculus deposits and plaque biofilm we combine in dental cleaning ultrasonic and manual scaling.
A Typical Hygiene Appointment
- Update Medical History – to prevent harm to patient and to provide safe and effective care
- Take Radiographs – to examine teeth, surrounding bone and supporting structures
- Oral Cancer Screening – to detect any abnormalities in lymph nodes and salivary glands such as swelling, enlargement, irregularities or tenderness under palpation
- Periodontal Assessment – to check for gum disease
- Dentition Assessment – to detect dental decay, broken teeth, faulty restoration etc.
- Self-Care Instructions – to make sure that patient’s hygiene routine is proper to minimize the amount of bacteria, calculus and plaque biofilm thus decreasing the risk for decay and tooth loss
- Prophylaxis (cleaning) – to remove plaque ( soft deposit) and tartar (hard deposit – calculus) from the teeth and below the gum line
- Teeth Polishing – to remove stains
- Maintenance interval determination – to determine the optimal recall visits to prevent or control periodontal disease
- Fluoride Application – to inhibit teeth demineralization, enhance remineralization, inhibit bacterial activity
- Dentist Examination
Ultrasonic is electronically powered device which uses electric current to produce rapid vibrations of the instrument tip to fracture calculus from the tooth surface and clean the environment of the periodontal pocket. Ultrasonic instrument tips must be cooled by fluid to prevent overheating of the vibrating instrument tip. Fluid, usually water, is used as a coolant. When using an ultrasonic device, attached deposits are removed from the teeth primarily by the vibrational chipping action of the tip and cavitational activity – formation of tiny bubbles in the water exiting from instrument tip. When these tiny bubbles collapse, they produce shock waves that destroy bacteria by tearing the bacterial cell walls. Constant stream of water also serves to clear the site of debris and to improve the field of vision during procedure. The American Academy of Periodontology recommends that dental healthcare workers avoid exposing patients with cardiac pacemakers to magnetostrictive ultrasonic devices. To increase treatment effectiveness ultrasonic scaling is always utilized with manual scaling instrumentation.
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Our Dental Hygienists are knowledgeable of teeth anatomy, instruments design, function and clinical applications what makes up the foundation of successful treatment outcomes.
We have recently added a new procedure ( Laser Bacterial Reduction) to your routine cleaning care to help fight periodontal disease.
We now have the ability to attack bacteria in your mouth at the microscopic level through the use of our soft tissue laser. It is a non-cutting, high intensity, painless laser that is focused into the periodontal pocket.