Professional Dental Cleanings
It is recommended that everyone have at least two professional dental cleanings per year. These appointments are typically combined with taking routine x-rays. If it is your first visit with us at Atlantic Dental Associates and you have not had a full set of x-rays taken, this is atypically where we will start. This will give us the ability to diagnose any treatment you may require and allow us to see many things we cannot see with our eyes. Knowing every piece of the proverbial puzzle is key in collaborating with you to create a complete and comprehensive treatment plan.
After your x-ray are taken, we will determine the type of cleaning you require. Most patients require a traditional cleaning. However, some patients who have not been under dental care for a period of time may require a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. It is also possible that we may need to do a special cleaning so that we can see your teeth better in an effort to resolve any treatment concerns or questions you may have; this cleaning is considered a "debridement".
Most cleaning appointments last about an hour and are done without any type of anesthesia. Deeper cleanings, however, typically do require you to be numb. The reason for this is twofold: 1) your comfort is very important to us, and it is possible that your gingiva may experience some discomfort if your gingiva is not numb; 2) this allows us to proceed with providing you with a complete deep cleaning that we would not otherwise be able to complete.
Thankfully, dental insurance typically covers most, if not all of the entire cost of these appointments.
If you do not have dental insurance enrolling in the Atlantic Smiles Club provides you with two routine, professional dental cleanings and all of the x-rays you need for an entire year. A discounted rate is available for members of the Atlantic Smiles Club for more extensive cleanings, such as scaling and root planing or debridement cleanings. Contact us for more information on professional dental cleanings or the Atlantic Smiles Club.