What Should I Expect at a Dental Cleaning?
- Posted on: Sep 15 2018
If you have a dental issue like a cavity, then getting it treated now can prevent further treatments, that may end up being more invasive than you would like. We are gentle and will give you the best care imaginable. Keep reading to learn all about what happens at a dental cleaning, and why it’s nothing to worry about.
Before the Cleaning
Before the cleaning begins, the hygienist will ask you about any issues or sensitivity you may be experiencing. This is purely to make sure we deliver the best, most comfortable experience possible. If we know about issues beforehand, we can make sure to avoid causing pain due to a cavity, for example.
You may also be asked to have X-rays taken of your teeth. Seeing inside the teeth allows your dentist to determine the health of your mouth, and allows us to see changes as time goes on. Taking x-rays is a painless, easy procedure.
Depending on how your dentist office works, your hygienist may use handheld tools or electronic tools to gently remove tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth. Though it may sound louder in your head, our hygienists are very gentle to avoid causing any harm.
There may be a cavity or cold sensitivity that makes itself known during your cleaning. If you feel any pain during your cleaning, don’t be afraid to let us know. Next comes a good floss. Your hygienist will go through and floss around each tooth, ensuring that any loose tartar is removed.
Your dentist will come in to examine your teeth. This is usually fairly quick, but if you have an issue they will discuss options to treat it with you. Cavities can be filled with minimal discomfort (if any) if they are caught early enough. If you need a root canal or other work, then you may be recommended to go to a specialist.
If it’s been a while since you’ve had a cleaning (or you don’t remember when you had one last), then call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Massa.
Posted in: Family Dentistry