When you visit a dentist, you might be informed that you require a debridement. This could be necessary in cases where oral health has been neglected leading to major issues with oral hygiene. Here at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we provide this treatment and make sure that your gums are returned to their original, healthy state.
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A gum debridement will usually be necessary if you have not seen a dentist in years. Although you would typically need your teeth cleaned through a service known as prophylaxis, before this occurs, you would also require a debridement. This will ensure that the cleaning is effective and provides the benefits that you need.
Most people who receive this type of treatment will not have heard the term before. Unfortunately, if you haven’t been to a dentist in quite some time, it’s common for a severe level of plaque and tartar or calculus to build up. The issue here is that the dentist will not be able to complete a full and effective examination until it is removed. So, essentially, it’s possible that there could be issues behind the plaque and tartar that they are unable to see. The build-up will usually be across the gums around the teeth and between the edges.
Typically, this will cause the gums to be inflamed, swollen and potentially infected. It’s quite common for them to be red and bleed immediately when disturbed. The build-up will need to be removed before an examination.
It is perhaps best described as a preliminary procedure that needs to be completed before the actual procedure even takes place. It is particularly important that this occurs to ensure that the patient can get the right level of support and any treatment that they require.
In most cases, if a patient hasn’t seen a dentist in quite some time, they could also have issues with their home cleaning habits. A patient with this issue may have neglected to clean their teeth properly on a regular basis. They could be missing out key areas or they could have stopped cleaning completely.
When this does occur, we find it more difficult to know the tooth structure, the health of the gums, and whether there are any issues that require emergency treatment.
As well as growing on the surface of the teeth, it’s also possible for issues to develop around the gum line as well as at the roots of the teeth.
You might be nervous about what a gum debridement will involve. There are a few things that you should expect. First, the hygienist will use a piece of equipment known as a piezoelectric scaler. This is an electric scaler and it is designed for the purpose of removing both calculus and tartar from the teeth. The machine is able to use vibrations as well as water and that helps break down the tarter that has bonded onto the teeth. As well as removing the calculus, it also helps reduce stains on the surface of the teeth. The teeth are left clean and the gums can heal effectively. You might require an anesthetic. This is often the case when patients who are suffering from issues like this experience a higher level of sensitivity around their gums. If you are experiencing discomfort, be sure to communicate it to us so we can make adjustments. We want you to be as comfortable as possible while in our care.
It is important to note that debridement is not a treatment that is often required. It will only be provided when absolutely necessary. Usually, a debridement will be provided once after a patient begins seeing a dentist on a regular basis again. Once a healthy level of hygiene is achieved, the patient will then be back on regular cleaning appointments without a debridement.
Alternatively, the patient could be suffering from gum disease. If that’s the case, then periodontal maintenance could be necessary. Again, this is usually completed once rather than multiple times.
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The aim of debridement is to make sure that your teeth do return to a health level as do your gums. As mentioned, it’s common for a patient to have neglected their own oral hygiene standards as well. As such, it’s important to make sure that the right steps are taken to correct this issue.
We can help here by making sure that you understand how to effectively look after your teeth. We’ll show you how to care for your teeth and gums at home, outside of the typical dental checkup. This could include a variety of different treatment methods including flossing and brushing.
We advise our patients to brush twice a day for two minutes and to make sure that they are flossing once a day. This will ensure that all the problem areas are effectively tackled and greatly reduced. We may recommend the use of a certain toothpaste or fluoride.
We will ensure that you are scheduled for another appointment. This will usually be between four and six weeks later. It will either be for periodontal maintenance, cleaning or whichever other treatment that you might require. The delay is to ensure that your gums are given time to heal, particularly if they are swollen.
This will also ensure that for the next appointment, we are able to clearly see any issues with your oral health and take the necessary steps to correct them. This will include both diagnoses as well as treatment and any recommendations.
We hope this helps you understand everything you need to know about gum debridement. If you have any more questions, make sure that you contact us today. We will be happy to assist you.
Our main aim is to make sure that your dental health can be effectively restored and preserved with the right level of treatment.
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.