There are two main types of dental cleanings. There are regular dental cleanings and periodontal cleanings. Both of these treatments are available at our Family Dentistry of Maryland practice. If you need a 21401 teeth cleaning or periodontal cleaning, you should come to our office where you can be seen by one of our expert dentists, just one of whom is Dr. Jun Tae Bae.
When a patient has gingivitis, or is simply coming into our office for dental maintenance, they will have a regular 21401 teeth cleaning. During this type of teeth cleaning, all plaque and tartar is removed from the surface of the teeth, from between the teeth and from just below the gum line. This treatment is very effective in helping to prevent gum disease as well as preventing dental cavities. If our dentist finds that you have gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums which is a common precursor to gum disease, our dentist will most likely recommend that you have a regular teeth cleaning at our office. If our dentist finds that deep pockets have developed between your teeth and gums, you will need to have a periodontal scaling and root planing treatment. This treatment is like a deep cleaning for the gums. During this treatment, all bacteria, tartar, plaque, and food debris is removed from the deep pockets. At this time, local antibiotic treatment may also be applied. Hopefully, this gum therapy will help to reduce the size of the deep pockets and allow the gums to heal. Sometimes this treatment may need to be repeated more than once several months apart in order for the gums to return to good health. When periodontal cleanings are not effective in helping the gums to become healthy again, it may be recommended that the patient has gum surgery. Gum disease cannot be left untreated because it will always eventually advance and cause teeth to loosen and fall out.
For an appointment to come to our office for a 21401 teeth cleaning or periodontal cleaning, contact us today.