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Debridement

Were you told that your mouth could benefit from a Debridement treatment? Don’t let the terrifying name prevent you from scheduling your appointment! We promise that it isn’t as scary as it’s name lets on, and you could be a lot closer to a cleaner mouth than you might think! Debridement is often described as the first step to better mouth health, and your periodontist can perform it in office.

We recommend debridement when teeth are thickly covered with plaque and calculus (tartar). We are unable to examine the teeth for cavities, gum disease, or any other dental problems. Many dentists will tell you that debridement is crucial step in finding a personalized dental plan that works for you.

Those who haven’t been to the dentist in a long period of time are more likely to develop gum disease. If you think you have gum disease, Debridement is often one of the “first steps” in gum disease treatment. It removes the plaque that actually causes the problem. If you’re looking for an effective gum disease treatment in Westchester, NY, Debridement might be it!




How is it any Different From a Regular Cleaning?

Debridement differs from a regular cleaning in that it requires a bit more time and effort to complete. But, our Westchester periodontist, Dr. Loshak, is fully equipped to handle both and more! Plan about 45- 60 minutes for the entire procedure. Of course, this is all dependent on your individual patient and dental history.

But I've Never Needed This Procedure Before.

Patients who haven’t had their teeth professionally cleaned in a long period of time are often those who benefit the most from Debridement. But, If you have your teeth cleaned on a regular basis and your dentist recommends a Debridement, it could be a reason for alarm. Changes in gum and tooth health link to high cholesterol and other heart-related issues. Discuss any concerns, lifestyle changes, or any other medical changes with your Westchester periodontists.

But I Always Brush My Teeth!

Sometimes, your toothbrush isn’t quite as effective as it should be! If your toothbrush bristles are worn down or you don't brush long enough, your efforts can be ineffective.

Why Should I Think About Getting Debridement?Debridement performed by your Westchester Periodontist can stave off gum disease.

If you haven't been to the dentist in a long time, extreme plaque buildup can wreak havoc on your gums. Your Westchester Periodontist can help! Contact us today.

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How Should I Prep For My Appointment?

Prepare for your appointment like you would any other dental procedure: take a deep breath, relax, and don’t sweat it! It’ll be over before you know it!

If you suffer from sensitive teeth, or if you have any areas of dental discomfort, talk to your periodontist before beginning. He will apply a numbing agent to teeth and gums to help with any pain. In extreme cases of discomfort or anxiety, he can even use local anesthesia. Always speak up if you have reservation about a procedure in our office! We are here for you, and we would love to answer any questions, or ease any potential woes.

What Can I Expect During the Procedure?

The debridement process is two-step and begins with the removal of plaque and tartar. Next, the mouth is “finely scaled” to remove any excess build up, and then polished. Our office uses a combination of water tools that provide vibrations that loosen and then wash away buildup. If you have inflamed gums, or struggle with gum disease, they may bleed during plaque and tartar removal.

Now What?

After he polishes your teeth, your periodontist will examine your mouth and teeth. He will then determine what sort of plan is appropriate for you. Depending on your condition, you may still need other procedures like a tooth cleaning, root canal, or fillings. Dr. Loshak will be happy to discuss any further appointments, plans, or surgeries!

You may find that your gums and teeth are more sensitive to hot/cold temperatures over the next few days following the procedure. This is completely normal, and usually occurs when excess plaque is removed. It temporarily exposes the root of the tooth and should resolve itself in a few days.

It's Never Too Late!

We get it, life happens! Sometimes, scheduling dental visits aren’t on the top of your to-do list, and things get forgotten. Even if it’s been years since your last tooth cleaning, Debridement can help you get your smile back. Schedule an appointment with our highly experienced Westchester-based Periodontist today! Or you can request one here.

Debridement not for you? Let us help to figure out what is! Whether it be through orthodontics, teeth whitening, or overall dental care, we at the Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale are here to help you.

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