At Sierra Dental, we emphasize the importance of preventative dentistry treatments such as routine dental exams and teeth cleaning in maintaining optimal oral health.
With regular dental examinations, we can identify and treat dental diseases in the early stages. This prevents small issues from turning into larger, more extensive problems. Meanwhile, professional teeth cleaning results in positive dental hygiene, for a more beautiful and healthy smile.
What happens during a hygiene maintenance appointment?
During your hygiene appointment, our dentist or hygienist will do a dental check-up, then teeth cleaning. These are preventative treatments that will help you achieve and maintain excellent oral health. Here’s what you can expect:
Exam / X-rays
First, your dentist will inspect all areas of your mouth. This includes your teeth, gums, tongue, jaws, and bite. X-rays can help provide a comprehensive examination of your oral health, so our dentist will also recommend getting this done.
Then, a dental hygienist will do teeth scaling. This involves the use of a high-frequency, ultrasonic scaler that will be vibrated against all teeth surfaces and underneath the gums. This process scrapes off plaque, tartar, heavy surface stains, and hard deposits. During scaling, only irritants are removed so your tooth enamel remains intact and healthy.
Then, using a rubber cup and polishing paste, the teeth are buffed and polished. This will lift the remaining stains and smoothen all teeth surfaces so they can look shiny and clean.
Pocket depth readings
Using a probe, your dentist or hygienist will read the depth of your gum pockets. These are the areas on the teeth and gum attachment. Any variation to the normal pocket depth indicates possible gum or periodontal disease. If so, dental intervention should be done immediately to prevent irreversible damage.
Why do I need regular hygiene maintenance?
Your hygiene maintenance appointment involves dental exams and X-rays. These are vital records that we keep for future visits. And every time we do your hygiene care, we go over these records and correlate them with your current dental health. With these, we are able to easily identify budding problems. So if you regularly visit Sierra Dental for routine hygiene treatments, we can prevent dental diseases to keep your oral health in tiptop condition.
What are the benefits of regular teeth cleaning?
Going to your dentist in Calgary for routine teeth cleaning can make all the difference to your oral health and smile. Some of the benefits are:
Removal of plaque, deposits, and stains
Prevention of gum disease
Whiter teeth and a more brilliant smile
Maintenance of oral health
Prevention of systemic conditions
Savings from future extensive and expensive dental work
At Sierra Dental, we are always transparent about the costs of our dental procedures. We follow the ADA fee guide for all services. And for regular dental cleaning and check-up, the cost starts at $110. This can change depending on the treatments you need (exams, X-rays, scaling, polishing, and perio check) and how long each will be done. This will be discussed with you before the procedure starts so you know what to expect.
A dental X-ray is an important diagnostic tool that dentists use to create a suitable treatment plan. Your dentist may recommend that you get an X-ray if there are areas in your mouth that potentially needs treatment. This helps identify tooth decay, periodontal disease, impacted teeth, and even dental cysts or infections. So if any signs point to these problems, your dentist may ask that you get an X-ray.
Generally, visiting your hygienist for teeth cleaning is done twice a year, that’s every 6 months. But if you are experiencing gum disease or perio problems, you may be asked that you see your Calgary dentist on a three-month cycle. This is to prevent bacteria from thriving that may eat away the bone surrounding the teeth to eventually cause teeth loss.
If your teeth are healthy and clean, your teeth cleaning appointment should take around 30 minutes. But if hard deposits are present, then your hygienist will extra time and effort to scrape these away. This is especially if deep scaling is needed where calculus is removed from underneath the gums. As a general rule, the healthier your teeth are, the lesser time you have to spend on the dental chair for teeth cleaning.
To some degree, yes it can. Plaque and tartar have an unsightly yellow colour that can affect how your smile looks. But with teeth cleaning, these are effectively removed to achieve a whiter smile. Aside from that, polishing the teeth after scaling is also effective in removing uneven coloured surface stains. But for a more noticeable whitening effect, you may need to explore professional teeth whitening treatments.
Teeth cleaning should not hurt. Especially for those who regularly get their teeth cleaning and dental check-ups done. But if there are deposits present underneath the gums or if you have gum disease, some level of tooth sensitivity can be experienced. This is as your hygienist scrapes deep into the gums to completely remove all irritants. If necessary, we can administer local anesthesia on areas needing deep scaling.
Gum disease or gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria and irritants that get trapped underneath the gums. When these are not removed, they can cause infection. Some common signs of gum disease are:
Tender gums that easily bleed
Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
Gum disease is reversible. Once the irritants are removed, your gums will heal. But if left untreated, gum disease can progress to periodontal disease. This will affect not just your gums but the bone surrounding the teeth. Periodontal disease remains irreversible, with long-term effects that can cause loss of teeth. So make sure to visit your dentist in Calgary regularly for teeth cleaning to prevent these consequences.
Sierra Dental in Calgary accepts most insurance providers. You are welcome to call our office so we can check if we can accommodate yours. In any case, we recommend that you bring your insurance information during your visit so we can assess your coverage and whether your plan includes dental cleaning benefits.
Enjoy a Healthy Smile with Sierra Dental
Prevention is always better than cure. This is the same for your oral health. And there is no better way to prevent dental problems than through preventative dental care such as routine dental exams and check-ups. With good at-home oral hygiene and the care of your dentists, we can work together to help you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile now and into the future.
To book your appointment for teeth cleaning, call us today at 403 – 297 – 9600. Our team is looking forward to meeting you!
EVENING & WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS
We understand that you are busy and don’t always have time to visit a dentist for a routine checkup in the middle of your Monday. That’s why we offer extended hours from 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM Monday through Thursday.
We are also open all throughout the weekend. That’s right, we’re open every day of the week.
DIRECT BILLING TO INSURANCE PLANS
To support our clients, we offer direct billing, predeterminations of treatments, and financial arrangements to all our patients to ensure smooth and easy payment transactions.
PAYMENT PLANS & FINANCING AVAILABLE
We understand that dental services can be an unexpected expense. That’s why we offer flexible payment plans and options to suit our patients’ needs. Speak with one of our dental assistants to learn more.
At Sierra Dental, you will never struggle to find parking. Our clinics offer convenient parking options that are free of charge to our patients. It’s one more way we work to put a smile on your face.