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Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)

A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning procedure performed to thoroughly clean the teeth. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for halting the progression of periodontal disease and gingivitis.

Periodontal disease and gingivitis occur when bacteria from plaque colonize on the gingival (gum) tissue – either above or below the gum line. These bacteria colonies cause serious inflammation and irritation which in turn produce a chronic inflammatory response in the body. As a result, the body begins to systematically destroy gum and bone tissue, making the teeth shift, become unstable, or completely fall out. The pockets between the gums and teeth become deeper and house more bacteria that can travel via the bloodstream and infect other parts of the body.

Reasons for prophylaxis/teeth cleaning

Prophylaxis is an excellent procedure to help keep the oral cavity in good health and also halt the progression of gum disease.

Here are some of the benefits of prophylaxis:

  • Tartar removal – Tartar (calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can cause serious periodontal problems if left untreated. Even using the best brushing and flossing homecare techniques, it can be impossible to remove debris, bacteria, and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist using specialized dental equipment is needed in order to spot and treat problems such as tartar and plaque buildup.
  • Aesthetics – It’s hard to feel confident about a smile marred by yellowing, stained teeth. Prophylaxis can rid the teeth of unsightly stains and return the smile to its former glory.
  • Fresher breath – Periodontal disease is often signified by persistent bad breath (halitosis). Bad breath is generally caused by a combination of rotting food particles below the gum line, possible gangrene stemming from gum infection, and periodontal problems. The removal of plaque, calculus, and bacteria noticeably improves breath and alleviates irritation.
  • Identification of health issues – Many health problems first present themselves to the dentist. Since prophylaxis involves a thorough examination of the entire oral cavity, the dentist is able to screen for oral cancer, evaluate the risk of periodontitis, and often spot signs of medical problems like diabetes and kidney problems. Recommendations can also be provided for altering the home care regimen.

What does prophylaxis treatment involve?

Prophylaxis can either be performed in the course of a regular dental visit or, if necessary, under general anesthetic. The latter is particularly common where severe periodontal disease is suspected or has been diagnosed by the dentist. An endotracheal tube is sometimes placed in the throat to protect the lungs from harmful bacteria that will be removed from the mouth.

Prophylaxis is generally performed in several stages:

  1. Supragingival cleaning – The dentist will thoroughly clean the area above the gum line with scaling tools to rid them of plaque and calculus.
  2. Subgingival cleaning – This is the most important step for patients with periodontal disease because the dentist is able to remove calculus from the gum pockets and beneath the gum line.
  3. Root planing – This is the smoothing of the tooth root by the dentist to eliminate any remaining bacteria. These bacteria are extremely dangerous to periodontitis sufferers, so eliminating them is one of the top priorities of the dentist.
  4. Medication – Following scaling and root planing, an antibiotic or antimicrobial cream is often placed in the gum pockets. These creams promote fast and healthy healing in the pockets and help ease discomfort.
  5. X-ray and examination – Routine X-rays can be extremely revealing when it comes to periodontal disease. X-rays show the extent of bone and gum recession and also aid the dentist in identifying areas which may need future attention.

Prophylaxis is recommended twice annually as a preventative measure but should be performed every 3-4 months on periodontitis sufferers. Though gum disease cannot be completely reversed, prophylaxis is one of the tools the dentist can use to effectively halt its destructive progress.

If you have questions or concerns about prophylaxis or periodontal disease, please contact our office.

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Brenda Lear
Brenda Lear
23:22 25 Jun 20
Had my first cleaning since Covid 19 lockdown. The best yet and I have been going to this dentist for years. Their... very....I am sure....expensive equipment now installed to secure our safety was remarkable!!! As is the careful procedure to make sure each patient was never in touch with another. Well done Envision!read more
Stephanie Iseman
Stephanie Iseman
15:15 24 Jun 20
I called too see if the can pull a Tooth yes but we need to have anpointment 1 st no am in pain can’t u do it on the... same day. The ladie like only if she feels comfortable pulling it like what’s that mean I pay u. You pull it.read more
mike long
mike long
17:43 18 Mar 20
I was referred to Envision Dental by my buddy Congo, and he said they were the best. So I came here for my cleaning... and he was right!!! Excellent staff, Beth took great care of me and Dr Bowers is Awesome. So I scheduled the rest of the family and my wife and daughters had their teeth cleaned by Savanah who was equally as professional and as thorough. I highly recommend them for anyone looking for a great Dentist!!!read more
Tina
Tina
17:43 06 Feb 20
I called this office at the advise of my coworkers. I was looking for a new dentist for my entire family. My original... contact was with Katrina, she was the kindest and most compassionate person I have spoken to in a dental office or really any offices. When I arrived to the beautifully decorated office, the compassion did not end with Katrina. Every person we had contact with was non judgmental and friendly. We have had 3 appointments so far, and each of our experiences were amazing. We have had both Savanah and Beth as our hygienists, and they were just as amazing. Then it came time to see Dr. Bowers, she made me feel like she had known me for years and I was family. I have already told everyone that they should give this office a try! I am not one for writing reviews, but this office and its staff all REALLY deserve mention!read more
Johanna Itani
Johanna Itani
23:02 03 Feb 20
I cannot say enough about Dr. Aline Bowers and her staff, they are absolutely amazing and top on excellence in their... over all work ! I could not ask for better dental care as well as friendliness and just sincerity in all they do. It’s like having a family just for your teeth. April, Lisa, Katrina, Malinda and Macy are really and truly awesome. You ladies Rock ! Let’s not forget Dr. Craighead the oral surgeon, he is especially professional and knowledgeable as they all are.read more
Ryan Hickman
Ryan Hickman
18:14 29 Jan 20
Let me start by saying I DO NOT like going to the dentist. This was by far the best visit I’ve ever had. The honest... yet personable approach was amazing. From start to finish I’m impressed and I’m not as scared to go to the dentist any more.read more
Morgan S
Morgan S
17:24 10 Jan 20
Dr.Bowers and the entire staff at Envision Dental are so kind, and patient! The level of care I get here is better then... anywhere I’ve ever been! If you are looking for an honest, trustworthy and very skilled dentist I would highly recommend coming to Envision!read more
SANDY Arc
SANDY Arc
21:33 08 Jan 20
I have been treating with Dr. Bowers At Envision Dental for a few years now. The office is clean and inviting. The... staff is welcoming and very friendly. Dr. Bowers is very professional but she also listens to the patient’s concerns. She was able to adjust and change my treatment schedule to work with my daughter‘s wedding. I highly recommend Envision Dental.read more
Teri Bonaccorso
Teri Bonaccorso
20:48 08 Jan 20
After searching for a reputable honest clean and reliable dentist - I found Dr. Bowers at envision thought close friend... and family! What an amazing experience ❤️. The staff is just fabulous patient courteous and efficient. The office is A+ clean bright and everyone shines when your there! A true high quality professional dentist with your personal needs are their top priority ⭐read more
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