Monde Dental, located in the heart of Toronto, we emphasize the importance of regular dental cleanings, a vital service for maintaining oral health and preventing gum diseases.
UNDERSTANDING PLAQUE AND CALCULUS
Plaque is a bacteria-filled, sticky substance that clings to your teeth. If left untreated, this plaque hardens into what is known as calculus. Both plaque and calculus are irritants, leading to gum inflammation, bleeding, recession, and even bone loss around the teeth – all signs of periodontal (gum) disease.
EARLY SIGNS AND PROGRESSION OF GUM DISEASE
The initial stage of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis, a reversible condition characterized by bleeding gums, especially during brushing and flossing. Without intervention, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis – a far more destructive stage leading to further gum damage, bone loss, and eventually tooth loss.
DENTAL CLEANING PROCEDURE
Scaling and root planing are the typical treatment for periodontal disease. Scaling eliminates plaque and calculus both above and below the gum line, while root planing smoothens the root’s surface and removes any residual calculus.
For extensive plaque and calculus removal, we ensure your comfort by numbing the affected area. We employ a combination of sonic and hand instruments to eradicate large deposits of plaque and calculus. Hand instruments finalize the cleaning process, ensuring a thorough cleanse of the crown and root surfaces. You may experience sensitivity or soreness for a few days post-treatment, which over-the-counter pain relievers can usually alleviate.
FOLLOW-UP AND ONGOING CARE
We typically schedule a follow-up visit four weeks post-treatment to assess the improvement of your gum health. Regular check-ups at 3-month or 6-month intervals are typical thereafter, allowing us to monitor any progression of the disease. The objective is to eliminate active inflammation, reduce periodontal pockets that could trap plaque or calculus, and maintain the present bone height around the teeth.