Ultrasonic Cleanings Phoenix, AZ
Maintaining good oral hygiene is not always enough to prevent dental plaque from forming on your teeth. The majority of patients need to come in for professional cleanings. If neglected, you may need to come in for a procedure known as a deep cleaning. Deep cleanings help prevent the spread of plaque and reduce your chances of developing periodontal (gum) disease. They can also be used to combat existing gum disease. We here at Stephanie K. Dentistry offer an effective deep cleaning solution, known as ultrasonic cleanings.
How Ultrasonic Cleanings Work
Dental plaque is the result of bacteria that forms a thin film on your teeth. If left untreated, this film (known as biofilm), can cause “pockets” or areas of separation, between the teeth and surrounding gums. Eventually, the plague will begin to form and harden into deposits known as calculus or tartar. The deep cleaning process can be broken down into two components, scaling and root planing. Scaling is the removal of plaque and tartar from the surface of the tooth and the pocket between your teeth and gums. Root planing is the removal of plaque and tartar from the surface of your roots that lie beneath the gums. Scaling and root planing typically involves two visits. For severe cases, a follow-up visit may be required for us to monitor and confirm that your gums and teeth are improving.
An ultrasonic cleaning with a tool known as a “power scaler,” is an effective method to remove these deposits, eliminate pockets, and help prevent gum disease. Ultrasonic scalers use high vibrational energy, and water or an antimicrobial liquid called chlorhexidine to crush and remove tartar. They also create shockwaves to disrupt bacterial cells and turbulence to diminish biofilms. Microscopic bubbles implode on the surface of the tooth, which kills the microbes and removes the tartar. The liquid is used to help to wash and flush the periodontal pockets and root surfaces.
Benefits of Ultrasonic Cleanings
Ultrasonic scalers help to remove tartar and biofilms from your teeth, with minimal or no damage to the enamel and root. This is critical to help arrest periodontal infection and foster good oral health. Ultrasonic scalers are as effective as manual instruments for shallow pockets, and even more effective for deeper ones. Their smaller tips that can penetrate deeper into the pockets than traditional instruments. These tips also allow for a more comfortable experience and a more effective cleaning of hard to reach spots.
In most cases, ultrasonic cleanings are quicker than manual ones. They also require less pressure for cleaning, making them the ideal choice for patients with sensitive teeth. The coolant sprays flush out the pockets, improve healing by removing the bacteria, and reduce damage to surrounding tissue.
Contact Us Today About Ultrasonic Cleanings
The American Academy of Periodontology suggests that every adult seek a periodontal evaluation at least once a year. We also recommend regular cleaning appointments every six months. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a cleaning appointment, contact us at (602) 789-3799 today!