A full mouth debridement is a treatment that could be recommended if you haven’t seen a dentist in quite a while. Patients in need of a full debridement probably won’t have seen a dentist for a checkup in years. It’s even possible that they are seeing a dentist for the first time.
In situations like this, it’s common for there to be a heavy buildup of plaque and tartar across teeth and gums. The buildup obscures the teeth structure and the gums, making it difficult or perhaps even impossible for a dentist to be able to provide a full and accurate assessment of the state of the mouth. To clear the build-up, we will recommend a full mouth debridement.
Is This The Same As A Normal Dental Cleaning?
It’s easy to mistake a debridement for cleaning, however it is not the same type of service. Instead, a debridement will be completed before a cleaning. It will usually involve an electronic scaler. This will pulverize the plaque with a mixture of pressure and water to ensure that it is greatly reduced. Marks on the teeth that could have been there for years can also be eliminated through this process.
A debridement will usually only be required once. It will typically be completed in a single appointment. Your next visit, which will typically take place a few weeks later, will involve a regular cleaning and another exam. If there are signs of gum disease seen at your appointment, your Westchester dentist will recommend periodontal treatment. We will be able to make a determination after the debridement and cleaning give us a good look at your gums and teeth.
It is possible to be put under anesthetic for a full mouth debridement. It is an option that we will discuss with you before making your debridement appointment. In some cases, sedation can be necessary, due to the fact that the build-up of plaque and tartar can make your gums quite sensitive, and the treatment may cause discomfort. Sedation dentistry is a good option if you have anxiety about coming for the treatment as well.
Why Is It Necessary?
A full debridement is going to be necessary because patients who haven’t been to see a dentist will typically not have high standards of oral hygiene. This will mean that their teeth are in a poor state. That’s why it’s important to make sure that as well as a debridement these patients are shown how to brush their teeth and look after their oral health.
If you find yourself in a situation where you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, but you are in need of dental care, please know that we understand that the prospect of being in the chair can be difficult to face. Patients can be embarrassed, or unsure how to handle anxiety associated with being in a situation where you are vulnerable. We have sedation options to help you relax while you are with us, and we will never treat you with anything other than the utmost respect. We feel honored to be trusted with your care.
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