Regular Dental Cleanings
Dental cleanings, also referred to as prophylaxis treatment, are the most effective way for patients to care for their teeth and prevent future problems. At Zen Dental in Sandy Springs, we recommend that patients go to their regular cleanings twice a year to best care for their oral hygiene. Once a year, usually at one of the cleaning visits, X-rays will be taken of the patient’s entire mouth to evaluate the state of the bones, especially underneath the gum line. The Dentist will conduct a comprehensive exam to screen for any existing issues and review the X-rays.
As long as the patient is free of any gum disease, or periodontal disease, the hygienist will then clean the patient’s teeth with a professional electric toothbrush and floss. Occasionally, fluoride will be applied to the patient’s teeth to help prevent cavities, but this is not always necessary and will be administered if the Doctor prescribes it.
$99 Cleaning Special
For new patients at Zen Dental, we offer a $99 new patient cleaning special for patients with a relatively healthy mouth. At this visit, the patient will receive a regular prophylaxis cleaning, a full series of X-rays, and exam with the Doctor. This promotion applies to patients who do not have presence of gum disease. If a patient does have periodontal disease, this is usually characterized by bleeding in the gums, pockets between the gums and teeth, and bone loss. If a patient is diagnosed with periodontal disease, it is very treatable and is usually easy to maintain as long as the patient attends prescribed visits. Treatment for gum disease includes patients getting an SRP, also commonly referred to as a deep cleaning.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis, is a condition in which bacteria has started to break down tooth and gum structure. It is very important that patients with gum disease see the Dentist to prevent any other issues from arising. According to the American Dental Association, gum disease can be indicated by:
- Gums that bleed during brushing and flossing
- Gums that are red, swollen, or tender
- Gums that have receded from teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose or separating teeth
- Change in the way teeth fit together in bite
Gum disease can be diagnosed at routine dental visits and is highly treatable. The Hygienist is able to diagnose patients with gum disease by probing the gum pockets next to teeth and by screening for bone loss in the X-rays. Larger pockets in the gums is evidence that the gum has separated from the teeth and indicates infection. Additionally, if patients experience bone loss, patients should seek treatment immediately in order to prevent further damage or ultimately lose teeth.
SRP – Deep Cleaning
If patients do have presence of gum disease, our Hygienist is required by the standards of the American Dental Association to perform an SRP. Patients should be aware of this to ensure they are getting the proper care they deserve. Likewise, patients should also be aware of SRP scams at dental offices; if you have been told that you require a deep cleaning, we will be happy to give a second opinion at your free consultation.
SRP stands for Scaling and Root Planing, and it is the procedure performed to treat gum disease. At this visit, the Hygienist will first determine the severity of the periodontal disease to determine the best treatment plan. The process will begin with the hygienist scaling the teeth from any excess plaque and tartar build up down to the bottom of the pockets. Next, the hygienist will smooth, or plane, the root surfaces of the teeth to help the gums to reattach to the teeth. Often, this treatment will be spread out over the course of two visits within two weeks of each other due to many insurance plans requiring that only two quadrants of the mouth be treated per visit.
After the SRP
Following the SRP, often the Doctor will prescribe the patient to take antibiotics to help fight off any further bacterial infection while the gums heal. The Doctor may also recommend special toothpastes or mouth rinses to help maintain healthy gums and to prevent any further need for a deep cleaning.
It is important to avoid tobacco products to both prevent gum disease and to slow the progression of it. Additionally, it is important to schedule your regular cleanings and checkups with the Doctor.
Oral Hygiene Between Regular Cleanings
Sometimes it may be difficult for patients to know how to best care for their oral hygiene outside of going to regular dental cleanings. It is important that patients brush and floss regularly to avoid any more visits to the dentist in addition to routine cleanings. It is recommended that everyone brush their teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed, and floss once a day. Mouth rinse can also be beneficial, but it is not necessary unless specifically recommended by your Doctor or Hygienist.
At your regular check-up, your dentist may also recommend specific toothpaste if you struggle with issues like sensitive teeth or are prone to having thin enamel. It is important to listen to the Doctor’s advice to ensure you take the best care possible of your teeth and prevent any avoidable issues.
Good Oral Hygiene is a Lifestyle
Patients should be aware that good lifestyle choices are just as important for oral health as brushing and flossing regularly. It is important to avoid certain things that may cause or worsen existing issues. First, patients should avoid tobacco products entirely. Tobacco has been proven to cause plaque build up and even gum disease, which can lead eventually to tooth decay, resulting in missing teeth if not properly treated by the Dentist. Trauma to teeth can also be problematic if not addressed immediately; it can lead to bacteria entering inside the tooth which will eventually decay the teeth.
It is important that patients see their dentist at least twice every year in order to maintain good oral hygiene. Dental cleanings help prevent periodontal disease, cavities, and other problems that may arise. The Doctor will also be able to give more specific suggestions for a healthy lifestyle at regular dental visits that will help maintain good oral health.
Regular Cleanings Help Prevent Future Issues
At Zen Dental, we recommend that patients attend their regular dental cleanings twice a year for prophylaxis treatment, and as prescribed for periodontal maintenance. We also recommend that patients get X-rays once a year to ensure the bone structure underneath the gum line is still healthy. This will help the Hygienist and Doctor to detect any bone loss, while also monitoring any existing concerns.
Regular visits to the Dentist can help detect issues early to prevent any drastic treatment that would need to be done otherwise. Cavities, while fairly common, can be prevented by regular visits and good oral hygiene maintenance at home. Additionally if cavities are ignored, they can turn into much more daunting procedures in the long run. If tooth decay continues unchecked and untreated, a root canal may be required in order to save the tooth. If teeth are past the point of having a root canal done, the Doctor may recommend that the tooth be extracted. While the Dentist will explore every option available before extracting a tooth, this can be necessary if infection spreads too far within the tooth, resulting in breakage and bone loss in the jaw.
WE WORK WITH MOST INSURANCES
Pricing for dental cleanings will depend on if the patient will be paying for the visit with insurance. For the most part, patients with insurance will have the regular preventative visits covered at a high percentage by their insurance company. Depending on the percentage of coverage based on the specific plan, the patient portion of the preventative treatment visit will vary. As a courtesy to our patients, Zen Dental will verify the patient’s specific benefits and coverage before the scheduled visit.
For patients without insurance, the price of a cleaning for new patients will begin at $99. This initial visit will include the full dental cleaning, X-rays, an exam with the Doctor, and a treatment plan for any necessary treatment. All other visits that do not require X-rays will be $99 as well, and visits at which X-rays are taken, the price will be $129. To qualify for this pricing, patients must not have any presence of gum disease, which the Hygienist will determine at the first visit. If there is gum disease, the patient will require an SRP, or scaling and root planing, which will be a higher cost for treatment due to the procedure being much more extensive than a traditional cleaning.
Post Op for a Deep Cleaning
To properly care for your mouth after receiving a scaling and root planing procedure, follow these steps:
- For tenderness, rinse mouth with warm salt water (1⁄2 tsp of salt in 4 oz of water).
- Usually there is little bleeding associated with deep cleanings, but slight oozing may Occur.
- For moderate pain, over the counter pain relievers can be used according to directions on the bottle.
- For sensitivity, be sure to keep your teeth clean. You can also use toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
- For food, soft foods that do not require excessive chewing is ideal for healing.
- No smoking.
- Call immediately if experiencing severe pain, excessive bleeding, or if anything unusual develops.
Setting up an Appointment
Zen Dental has years of experience in dental restoration, and Dr. Nabi works with his team of experienced and professional dental lab technicians to give patients all the information needed to make the right decision. Patients can schedule their free consultation to discuss their options and pricing with dental implants by calling or texting our office at 770-637-1809. Zen Dental can also be reached through Facebook Messenger, or patients can fill out the online form, which we will respond to as soon as possible. We look forward to helping you achieve your new, straighter smile!
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