Deep Cleanings in Mundelein
You might think that you do not need to visit the dentist if you are not having any pain in your teeth and everything looks good when you scope yourself out in the mirror. You brush, you floss, you do everything you need to do. While it is true that you may not need any kind of restorative or cosmetic dental services, that doesn’t mean you should cut back on preventative procedures like deep cleanings.
The truth is that you should make sure to visit your dentist about every six months for professional cleaning. A dental cleaning removes stains, plaque, and calculus from the tooth as a preventative method. In addition, your dentist will be able to look over your teeth at this time and determine if any problems are present. They can then be taken care of before they escalate and get worse.
Do Dental Cleanings Damage Enamel?
While you may have heard otherwise, a deep cleaning by Dr. Roessler will not cause damage to your enamel. There are a couple of reasons you might have this concern. After a dental cleaning, your teeth can feel a bit different. This could make you question what the cleaning entails. In addition, dental cleaning can lead to tooth sensitivity which may seem as if it is associated with enamel damage.
The truth is a lot different than how the situation may seem. The reason your teeth can feel differently after a cleaning is because any calculus and plaque has been removed. Because of this, when you run your tongue over your teeth, you get a different sensation. The lack of plaque and calculus can also lead to the sensitivity issued mentioned.
How Long Are Dental Cleanings?
For a person who practices good oral hygiene and has no problems with their teeth or gums, the dental cleaning process can take around 30 minutes or so. However, this can be longer based on the speed of the dentist and the condition that your teeth are in.
However, you do need to keep in mind that a cleaning involves more than just polishing your teeth. In most cases, a dental cleaning will involve having some x-rays taken. After that, the dentist or hygienist will check your teeth and gums for periodontal disease. They will also examine your gums, tongue, and teeth to determine if there are any problems.
Are Dental Cleanings Painful?
Dental cleanings absolutely do not need to be a painful process. The actual process of cleaning is not painful. During a deep cleaning, which may involve cleaning bacteria from the gums can hurt some people but is not common. However, for those who do feel pain during the procedure can have a topical or injectable anesthetic used which will numb the area and prevent any pain.
There can sometimes be pain after a deep cleaning, but it’s often minor. Over the counter painkillers are effective at reducing pain. Rinsing with salt water can also help with swelling and pain if it is experienced.
For those who experience sensitivity following cleaning, there are a few things you can do to resolve the problem. Avoiding eating foods that can get stuck in your gums like popcorn and nuts can help avoid pain. You can also choose to avoid acidic foods such as pickles, tomatoes, and citrus fruit. Food that is easy to chew and swallow is the best option, especially if these foods are easy to rinse out. Some options are soup, yogurt, mashed potatoes, soft rice, and eggs.
What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?
When you come into the office at Michael Roessler DDS, the first thing that happens is an examination of your mouth. A small mirror will be used to look at your gums and teeth in order to find signs of inflamed gums or other issues. If there are problems, those will likely be discussed. If everything looks good, the cleaning will proceed.
The next part of the cleaning involves the removal of tartar and plaque. Using a small mirror, the dentist or hygienist will use a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from around the gums and in between your teeth. You can expect to hear a sound like scraping, but this is entirely normal. Depending on the amount of tartar in the mouth, this can take time.
Once this part of the cleaning is complete, you will have your teeth brushed with an electric brush. This instrument will make a grinding noise that can be overwhelming for some patients, but it should cause no pain. The toothpaste used has a gritty consistency which will gently scrub the teeth of any tartar left behind.
Next comes a professional flossing. Unlike when you floss at home, a professional can get a deeper clean and locate any problem areas in your mouth where bleeding from the gums may occur.
Following the flossing, you can expect to rinse out your mouth to get rid of any debris remaining in your mouth. You will likely use a rinse that contains liquid fluoride.
Finally, your cleaning will finish up with a fluoride treatment. This helps to protect your teeth and fight cavities for weeks or months after leaving Michael Roessler DDS. The treatment will be a gel or paste that is placed into a mouthpiece which fits over your teeth. It will be left there for a minute or two. Fluoride varnish will also be painted onto your teeth with a tiny brush. This treatment hardens when it reaches saliva, so you are free to eat and drink afterward.
Set Up Your Next Deep Cleaning
The staff at Michael Roessler DDS would be happy to set you up for an appointment for a dental cleaning. You can reach the office at 847-566-9330 or use the contact form on the website to ask questions.