Most of Dr. Assil’s patients require only twice-a-year dental cleaning at which time the plaque and tartar (plaque that builds up and hardens on the tooth surface and be removed only with professional cleaning) are removed from above and below the gum line of all the teeth.
After cleaning, the teeth are polished, using a process that cleans and smoothes the surfaces of the teeth. This removes stains and makes it harder for plaque to stick to teeth.
Or patients with signs of gum disease, Dr. Assil may recommend professional cleaning more frequently than twice-a year.
Scaling and root planing.
When Dr. Assil has a patient who is showing signs of gum disease, she may recommend Scaling and root planning. This deep-cleaning, non-surgical procedure is using local anesthetic. Plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line are scraped away (scaling) and rough spots on the tooth are made smooth (planing). Planing removes bacteria and gives the gums a clean surface to the gums to reattach to the teeth. This procedure is done when Dr. Assil determines the patient has tartar under the gums that needs to be removed.
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