What happens during a dental cleaning?

What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?

If you live in Chula Vista, CA and have not been to the dentist for a while for a cleaning or examination, the team at Eastlake Family Dentistry is here to help. We provide a no-judgment zone for patients who may not have been visiting their dentist as regularly as they should. However, we can educate individuals on the importance of routine visits as recommended by the American Dental Association. Patients of all ages are urged to see their dentist every six months for dental cleaning and a dental evaluation with a professional provider.

What is dental cleaning?

A dental cleaning, known as prophylaxis, is a necessary treatment that can help patients maintain a healthy smile. The cleaning is performed by a dental hygienist and occurs before the dentist evaluates the smile.

Why are dental cleanings important?

Dental cleanings are vital to maintaining a healthy smile. They are done at every recall visit to remove plaque, tartar, and calculus that may not be effectively removed at home. Dental cleanings help reduce the risk of developing dental issues such as periodontal disease and tooth decay and are part of a healthy oral hygiene routine.

What does a dental hygienist in Chula Vista do during the dental cleaning?

During a dental cleaning, the dental hygienist will evaluate the teeth and gums. With a hooked scaling tool, the dental hygienist will then remove tartar and plaque that might reside around the gum line and between the teeth. Then the teeth are polished and flossed. For patients who need sealants or fluoride treatments, these are also applied after the teeth have been cleaned.

How long does a dental cleaning take?

Typical dental cleanings can take approximately 20 minutes to complete, depending on the condition of the patient’s smile. If extensive cleaning is needed, patients may be advised to undergo a more extended cleaning or schedule a second visit before the six-month mark.

Does a dental cleaning hurt?

A dental cleaning shouldn’t hurt. However, if patients have significant swelling or redness of the gums or cavities, they may experience some minor discomfort. Patients are welcome to ask about sedative methods such as nitrous oxide to ensure comfort from start to finish if extensive work needs to be done to bring the smile back to health.

When is the routine examination performed?

After the teeth have been cleaned, the dental hygienist will call the dentist into the evaluation room to assess the patient’s smile. If any concerns were seen during the cleaning, the dental hygienist would bring these issues to the attention of the dentist. Drs. Michael Foust and Cecile Macatangay will also look at x-rays that have been taken to look for signs of disease or decay. Patients who have any dental concerns will be advised of the issues during this time and can discuss treatment options available.

Do I need dental x-rays at each visit?

Most patients will only have dental x-rays done when there is a specific need or have one performed at their first appointment with the team at Eastlake Family Dentistry. Dental x-rays may also be done if patients are considering certain treatments such as bone grafting, dental implants, or wisdom tooth removal.

Schedule a dental evaluation and cleaning with our dentist in Chula Vista

Drs. Michael Foust and Cecile Macatangay of Chula Vista, CA are here to help patients at Eastlake Family Dentistry with achieving and maintaining oral health and wellness. If you are ready to work with a dental team that is committed to helping you keep your smile beautiful, functional, and healthy, connect with the team by calling (619) 421-2828 for an appointment. The office of Eastlake Family Dentistry is conveniently located at 890 Eastlake Parkway, Suite #201 and accepts new patients.