Cleanings and Exams
To prevent tooth decay and other serious oral health problems, you should come to see us at New Heights Dental & Braces twice per year. Our dentists and hygienists will work with you to make you comfortable during the process and get you on your way in as little time as possible.
Dental Cleanings and Exams
The first thing we will do when you come in for your regular dental cleanings and exams is to get a complete set of x-rays to determine the condition of your teeth. X-rays consist of biting down on a plastic device that takes pictures of your teeth and gums.
Our dentist will also do a thorough visual examination of the oral cavity for signs of oral cancer and use special tools to probe each tooth to assess your gum health. We measure how deep the pockets around your teeth are. When plaque builds up on your teeth and gums, it can get under the gumline causing inflammation and infection, which we need to clean to avoid a more severe condition called periodontal disease.
Basic Dental Cleanings
Our certified hygienists perform a basic dental cleaning. This process will remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth and gums. How long the dental cleaning lasts will depend on how much plaque buildup you have. Some patients will need a deep cleaning that requires sedation.
Along with good oral hygiene habits at home, which include brushing twice a day and flossing at least once per day, cleanings are a critical part of your oral care and need to be done twice per year to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Our hygienist will use manual and electrical tools such as scalers to gently scrape the sticky material known as plaque off your teeth and he or she will also clean buildup under the gumline. Once the tooth is cleaned, we use a rotating tool to polish the teeth with a flavored toothpaste. Our younger patients may also need a fluoride treatment to protect his or her teeth from cavities.
On average a basic dental cleaning will take about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how much tartar buildup is present.
Dental anxiety is real, and many people have a fear of the dentist. In most cases, it is due to past experiences where they felt pain during a dental procedure. It is entirely reasonable, and we understand if you have dental fears, but we want to assure you that we will always put your comfort first.
Another reason for dental anxiety can happen when someone hasn't been to our office in many, many years. If this is your situation, rest assured that we are here for you. We will not judge you for missing your appointments and will treat you with the respect you deserve. Our patients are our top priority, and we want them to have a pleasant experience, so they keep coming back. Please don't allow your dental anxiety to keep you from getting your cleanings and exams.
Please call New Heights Dental & Braces at (210) 828-5300 and make an make an appointment for a dental cleaning and exam today!