To be able to understand how your gum debridement will be good for your teeth, it’s essential to be able to understand what is being cleaned. When we see patients for gum debridement, they often ask us what is being cleared away, so let’s talk a little about that: The body naturally produces plaque, and when this isn’t cleaned correctly, it hardens and becomes tartar, which is far more difficult to remove than the soft, sticky substance of plaque.
When you come in to see us for your yearly cleaning and checkup, plaque and tartar are both addressed, with your teeth cleaned thoroughly and left feeling fantastic. If you miss these checkups, the deposits on your teeth become rather stubborn, which means that debridement is necessary before the remainder of the appointment can be completed. It’s not a procedure to worry about: your dentist will have performed many of these before and will continue to do so after yours.
If a historian is working with fossils, they will clean every crevice carefully before being able to examine the fossil itself. This cleaning is done gently and pulls away all the dirt to be able to assess the fossil as a whole. Now, imagine that’s your teeth and our dentists: we carefully clean away all plaque and tartar to inspect your teeth clearly. Most of the time, a hygienist gets this done without an issue, but if the teeth have been neglected over time, there will be a device used to remove tartar and plaque. Then, scaling tools will be used before your appointment to enable your dentist to inspect your teeth properly. Gum debridement is not the same as a cleaning, but we do understand why it’s easy to confuse the two.
Ideally, everyone brushes their teeth twice a day, taking good care of their oral health. Sometimes, though, the effort that they put in may not be as effective as they would like. When brushing too fast, using a worn-down brush, a brush that is too stiff - all of these can be to blame. Some medical conditions, as well as oral health, can be to blame for a build-up of plaque and calculus in the mouth. No matter what the reason is, though, gum debridement in Boston could be the first step to better oral health.
As part of your care as a patient with us, we will explain to you all the ways that you should be brushing, flossing, and taking care of your oral health. All of these things can work together to help to prevent dense calculus from forming over time.
Gum debridement in Boston is a procedure that aims to remove all the thick or dense deposits that are on the teeth, down at the gum line. It usually needs another appointment on top of your regular one, and it’s only required when the tooth is so deeply covered with plaque that the dentist cannot look for decay. It’s a treatment that is a little more stringent than a cleaning and is only used in instances where someone has heavy plaque that requires removal for effective overall dental treatment.
Gum debridement in Boston is recommended for those with the dense plaque, as it’s where dentists can’t see the teeth and the issues with the gum. When debridement is performed, the dentist can then get a better look at the teeth before other treatment. During debridement, dental instruments and electric devices may be used, and it does take some time. The difficulty and extent of the procedure are different depending on the person receiving the treatment. Some patients require an extensive gum debridement that requires a long appointment, so you we will discuss this if we recommend gum debridement.
During regular cleanings, you may have become familiar with the scraping tools and other dentistry tools used to remove underlying plaque. With supragingival plaque, the deeper plaque below the gum line, scaling tools are used but so are other, more intensive tools. Intensive debridement often uses electronic tools that use vibrations to break up the plaque and calculus, clearing the teeth with ease. The dentist will apply the ultrasonic device first before clearing away the calculus before continuing to descale the teeth. Deep cleanings are not often necessary, but if you have neglected your teeth, you may find that you are on the receiving end of one. Luckily for you, we have an excellent team and the know-how to ensure that you have clean, clear teeth that are healthy.
When gum debridement is performed correctly, we can get a more complete view of your teeth. This is when they will then check the teeth individually for any decay and disease, recommending any fillings along the way. They will also be able to check the gumline to ensure there is no periodontal disease.
At Dental Partners of Boston, gum debridement is just one of many procedures that we can perform for your benefit. We have many years of experience across all areas of dentistry to ensure that you have the best of the best. We use up to date medical science techniques to give our patients the best possible dental care. It’s our commitment to excellence that sets us apart from other dental practices in the Boston area, and we ensure that our patients know this from the moment that they set foot in the door.
If you are looking for superior gum debridement, you’ve come to the right place. Give our office a call today.
Sergio A. Guzman