Profession Teeth Cleanings
Did you know that your mouth is always creating a “biofilm” over your teeth? Almost immediately after you get your teeth cleaned, your teeth develop this biofilm, and that attracts plaque left behind from your meals throughout the day. That is why it is so important to floss every day and to brush twice a day! Even with all the love and attention you’re able to show your teeth, they will eventually need professional cleaning. Following your cleaning, Dr. Haddad will perform a thorough examination of your mouth. We, at OmniSmiles, understand that life gets busy and sometimes we forget to stay on top of our routines. Our number one rule is to never judge. We appreciate you being here and we promise to show the compassion and understanding you deserve to best address your treatment needs.
Types of Cleanings
- Also known as regular cleanings. This is where our skilled hygienist will be able to gently remove plaque and tartar, without too much scraping beneath your gum tissues.
- The disruption of accumulated hardened plaque, also known as calculus. A debridement is deemed necessary if a patient has not been receiving profession cleanings regularly. This is not a complete cleaning. A debridement should be thought of as a rough draft. It’s an introductory visit which requires a follow up to assess how the gum tissues have responded to the treatment.
- Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing
- Also known as a deep cleaning and S/RP. Periodontal scaling and root planing is needed when there is active disease, known as periodontitis, in the gum and bone. Symptoms of periodontitis include, bleeding gums, puffy gums, receding gums, chronic bad bath, loose teeth, and deep pockets. The deep cleaning treatment requires multiple different appointments. The objective of S/RP is to stop the bone loss by restore health in the gum tissues. Once treatment has been rendered, the patient should return for more frequent follow-ups to ensure the disease has not returned.
Comprehensive Exams & Periodic Oral Exams
A comprehensive exam is done for every new patient. It is how Dr. Haddad is able to collect and gather the appropriate data so he can provide the best, most specific treatment to each of his patients. A periodic oral exam is also recommended at least once a year to help identify any markers that may cause problems in the future. Dr. Haddad focuses on communication because he wants his patients to be involved and educated in the exam process, so they know what is needed and why. Here is what Dr. Haddad includes for each of his exams:
- Use of digital X-rays to detect for cavities
- TMJ evaluation
- Assessment of jaw muscles
- Identifying your specific bite and jaw relation
- Inspect for signs and symptoms of clenching or grinding
- Tooth by tooth examination
- identifying existing fillings
- identifying any broken or cracked teeth
- identifying any cavities undetected by x-rays
- Soft tissue examination
- Oral cancer screening exam
Sealants, also known as “rain coats” to the children, are a preventative approach to protecting newly erupted adult teeth in children. Some patients naturally have deep grooves and pits associated with their adult molars. For some patients, these pits and grooves are so deep that even the bristles on a toothbrush can’t get down far enough to keep these crevices clean. When these patients are identified during their dental exams, sealants are recommended. The process requires no drilling of teeth, so it is absolutely painless. As time passes, some patients show more wear and tear on their sealants. These patients may need have them replaced in their early teenage years. Sealants are an effective approach to help prevent your child from getting cavities on their molars.
Grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw can produce undesirable effects. Grinding and clenching is sometimes very evident among patients, and other times it goes undetected.
Signs and symptoms include: headaches, jaw pain, tooth pain, vertigo, ear aches, and flattening of teeth.
Reasons for clenching and grinding include, but are not limited too: misaligned bites, missing teeth, stress and worry.
Treatment approaches range from conservative to aggressive. Night guards are a very passive approach that may eliminate most of your symptoms and protect your teeth for years to come.
Oral Cancer Screening
Malignant forms of oral cancer are some of the most aggressive types of cancer out there. OmniSmiles performs an oral cancer screening exam at every cleaning appointment. Dr. Haddad has been trained to identify common signs of oral cancer. The screening is offered at no charge and it doesn’t take up too much of your time.
Common identifiable signs include:
- Red or white spots
- Unusual sores
- Abnormal growths or masses
- Thick and hard tissues.
Fluoride is an element found in the enamel of each of your teeth and it is responsible to keep the enamel hard and strong to fight against cavities and erosion. It also helps prevent sensitivity by making it more difficult for the cold to penetrate your enamel.
Public water has been fluoridated for years now, however well water and bottle water have not been fluoridated. You could be in need of in-office fluoride treatments. OmniSmiles can examine your teeth to see if Fluoride can help your teeth.