Dental debridement is a process that's used to remove thick or dense deposits on your teeth. It's needed when you have thick deposits on your teeth or there's so much plaque on your teeth that we can't check to see if there's any decay, infections, or gum disease.
This is different from a regular dental cleaning in that once it's complete, we'll have a more complete view of your teeth. We'll be able to probe your gumline and make sure your gums are healthy and there's no periodontal disease.
Why Dental Debridement is Different from a Regular Cleaning
Dental debridement happens before your regular checkup because we can't evaluate your teeth's health without it.
This is because there's subgingival plaque – plaque that's difficult to reach because it's below your gums' surface. Unfortunately, this plaque doesn't respond well to the scaling tools we normally use so it'll take more time and effort to remove it.
Sometimes we'll also need to use a special electronic tool with ultrasonic vibrations to break up the plaque so other debris can be removed and cleaned away. After using the ultrasonic tool we'll still need to use the fine scaling tools so you'll have the optimal deep cleaning appointment.
What to Expect After the Procedure
This procedure takes longer than a typical cleaning and will cause your gums to feel a little tender. If you feel uncomfortable, talk to us about pain management throughout the procedure.
Afterwards, it's important for you to be careful that your teeth don't become covered with dense plaque deposits again. Sometimes we'll tell you that you're more prone to plaque, tartar, and gum disease.
In this case, it's even more important for you to follow good oral hygiene habits. This includes brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing those parts of your mouth that are hard to reach. Start this process today by calling our office to schedule a dental debridement.
Christopher D. Kooning DMD, PC (503) 673-9097
15962 Boones Ferry Rd, Suite 105 Lake Oswego, OR97035