Visiting your dentist at regular intervals, preferably once in six months, is essential to maintain a healthy oral cavity. Dr. Felahy will thoroughly diagnose your teeth and gums and suggest suitable treatment if you have developed any oral infections. Along with it, plaque and tartar deposits will be removed by scaling, as it helps to prevent cavities and gum diseases.
No matter how well we brush and floss, microbes tend to get left behind on the teeth in the remote corners. Over time, they form tartar deposits that could potentially decay the teeth and surrounding soft tissues as well. Hence, tartar deposits will have to be removed at regular intervals to avoid this. We use an ultrasonic scaling device to dislodge the tartar deposits and will be washed off with a jet of water.
Root planing is a form of deep cleaning where the tooth roots are cleaned to remove tartar and food debris. We use a hook-like scaling tip for root planing. It will be inserted in between the gums and the tooth roots after local anesthesia is administered. If there are any surface imperfections where microbes can deposit, they will be removed by gently scraping the root surfaces. Also, the gum pockets will be cleaned to get rid of the microbes and food debris.
Cavities are common among individuals of all ages. They are caused due to the microbial activity in the mouth. If cavities are left untreated for long, they can grow deeper and wider, which can eventually reach the inner layers of the tooth, such as the root canal. Hence, we will treat cavities by removing the decay and restoring the tooth using a suitable filling material, preferably white fillings made from composite resin or dental-grade ceramic.
Dental care at home
Practicing optimum oral hygiene at home is just as important as visiting the dentist for routine dental consultations. Patients must brush and floss their teeth at least twice every day to ensure good oral hygiene. Also, diet plays a significant role in one's oral health. Avoid frequent snacking and excessive consumption of sugary and sticky foods.
At Sunset Oak Dental, we share with our patients the best practices and services related to routine dental care. You can schedule an online appointment with Dr. Felahy using our website or by calling us at (916) 435-5111.