At Ravat & Ray Dental Care, we have a motivated Hygiene and Therapy team which are dedicated to your gum health. At your examination appointment your gum health will be assessed to evaluate your need for periodontal treatment then, a referral will be outlined to your Therapist/Hygienist to improve your oral health, to help increase the longevity of your teeth and your improve your smile.
Scaling and polishing regularly by your Dental Therapist/Hygienist helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy and your smile whiter. Scaling your teeth removes the hard tartar which cannot be removed by brushing. Stains from coffee, tea, cigarettes or red wine are removed with the polishing. The scaling element of this treatment can be completed by hand scalers, or by an ultrasonic water spray. At your appointment, your Therapist/Hygienist will help create a detailed oral health care plan as a prevention of the daily plaque build-up and will help you maintain your smile. A routine scale and polish appointment lasts around twenty to thirty minutes.
For those patients whose oral hygiene has become a part of their well-being routinely or for those who simply want to look and feel confident, our Dental Hygiene Only Plan could be perfect for you. For more information on our Dental Hygiene Only Plan Click Here.
Air Flow Therapy
Air Flow Therapy is a new hygiene cleaning treatment that uses a mixture of air, jet water and sodium bicarbonate to polish and clean your teeth. The treatment is not a chemical treatment and therefore, there will be no risk to the patients for any irritation or chemical burns. Air Flow Therapy is an advanced version of a scaling and polish treatment, but the patient will walk away the same day with amazing, clean results. Air Flow Therapy appointments generally last between thirty and forty five minutes.
DEBRIDEMENT OF TEETH
Debridement of teeth is used for advanced periodontal disease. The Therapist/Hygienist will initially take detailed measurements of every tooth which involves gentle probing in 6 areas around each tooth, measurements will also be taken of recession (shrinkage of the gum), mobility and bleeding areas. This will help the clinician to create a detailed treatment plan for each individual case and assess if there has been any improvement in future appointments.
Advanced debridement treatment involves scaling to remove the calculus (tartar) and plaque from the tooth. Gum disease is particularly a problem when the calculus (tartar) gets below the gum service and is attached to the root surface where you can no longer clean it. This then becomes an haven for bacteria which can be harmful to the bone and ligaments that hold our teeth in place. Special ultrasonic scalers can be used to initially break down the hard calculus. Then, special hand-held instruments like scalers and curettes are used to do the fine scaling. Bacteria are more likely to stick to the rough surfaces (the root of a tooth). The root surface is cleaned in a process called root debridement. This helps removes any remaining calculus on the root, and leaves the surface less susceptible to the bacteria. This treatment is usually completed under local anaesthetic to enhance the patients comfort.
Scaling and root debridement can be done in just one area of your mouth if the disease is just localised. Generalized periodontitis spreading throughout your mouth requires the clinician to typically treat only a quarter (a quadrant), or half of the mouth at any one time. This means that two to four visits may be necessary to complete the scaling and root debridement if necessary. Appointment times for debridement can vary from thirty minutes up to one hour and you may need a subsequent visit, this will be discussed at length at your initial appointment with a clinician.
The outcomes of having treatment depend and vary from one person to the next. The most crucial factor is consistently good oral hygiene and stopping smoking. Treatment may only slow down the disease process or stabilise the disease. In some cases and where it is localised areas, the disease may be cured. In spite of all the treatments, effort and expense to keep the tooth or teeth, they may still be lost. However treatment gives you a better chance of keeping your teeth and can alleviate some of the symptoms, such as the inflammation and bad breath. The aim of treatment is to slow the gum disease down as much as possible. To achieve this regular, dental examinations are required by your dentist to evaluate your gum health and routine hygiene appointments may be necessary to help maintain your improved smile.