At QDT Dental, we strive to provide our patients with the highest quality care and services. Our team of experienced dentists and hygienists are dedicated to providing each of our patients with the best dental cleanings. We provide comprehensive exams and preventive services to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy.
Our team at QDT Dental is dedicated to staying up-to-date on the latest dental technology. We use advanced technology to provide our patients with the best care possible. We use intraoral cameras to get a closer look at your teeth and gums, digital X-rays to diagnose any underlying issues, and ultrasonic instruments to provide a thorough cleaning.
At QDT Dental, we believe in providing comprehensive exams to ensure that our patients’ teeth and gums stay healthy. Our team will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and other oral structures. We will also assess your risk for cavities, periodontal disease, and other oral health issues.
To help prevent the development of any oral health issues, our team at QDT Dental provides preventive services such as dental cleanings and fluoride treatments. We offer comprehensive cleanings to remove plaque and tartar buildup, while our fluoride treatments help to strengthen your teeth and protect them from decay.
Professional cleanings are important for establishing a strong healthy foundation in oral health. The general recommendation is to have prophylactic cleanings performed once every 6 months by your dental hygienist. If periodontal issues exist, you are prone to heavy calculus/tarter build-up or you have dental prostheses that require more maintenance your doctor will then recommend shorter intervals between cleanings such as 3-4 months.
During a routine 6 month cleaning your teeth are polished, flossed and mild to light calculus build up above and at the gumline is removed by hand scaling. Sometimes the cavitron, a tool that uses water to break up debris and remove stains, may be used to aid in cleaning.
When bone loss and gingival inflammation is present your doctor and hygienist may recommend a deeper cleaning or SRP. SRP stands for scaling and root planning, which is the process of removing plaque, bacteria and calculus from teeth, root structure and pockets below the gumline. Build-up located below the gumline is usually visible on the radiographs and requires some form of anesthesia to make you more comfortable during the procedure.
Your dental professional determines how far down that build-up may be and the severity of bone-loss and attachment loss by measuring with a periodontal probe. Numbers will be called out measuring the pockets characterizing the gingival disease with the additional of other factors such as bleeding, mobility, and gingival appearance. Once your gingival health is classified, we can determine the type of cleaning needed, anesthetic needs, and recall intervals.
Lastly, during your routine cleanings a check-up or exam is usually performed. This gives the doctor the opportunity to check on existing work and perform maintenance that may be required. Radiographs may be requested which allows the doctor to diagnose new carious lesions, failing restorations or fractures. When the doctor is able to check up on restorative work in this manner it should lead to less problems in the long run, because problems can be discussed and addressed before they get out of hand. Again, for a strong foundation and peace of mind with dental treatment professional cleanings are necessary.