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Dr. Na Xu
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What to Expect during Dental Debridement

Posted on 1/25/2016 by Na Xu
A woman happy with her smile after her dental debridement treatment!You've been putting off going to the dentist for a while, and before you know it, a couple of years have passed. Now, you've finally made it in for your exam, but your dentist says that you need a debridement so that he can accurately assess the health of your mouth. If this has happened to you, you might be wondering: What is a debridement?

A dental debridement is a simple procedure that is used to remove extensive tartar and plaque buildup.

This often occurs when you've gone a long time without a teeth cleaning, as thick deposits can make it hard for your dentist to see whether you have decay, gum disease, or any other problem. Regular cleanings are good to remove deposits when they are small so that they do not have the chance to accumulate to this level.

A dental debridement is completed with an ultrasonic device or hand instruments. The ultrasonic device will use high-frequency vibrations and water to dislodge tartar and plaque from the teeth. The dental debridement process tends to take longer than an average regular cleaning, and it is also more complicated. This is just the first phase of treatment, and after, your dentist will examine your teeth and recommend any further work that needs to be done.

After the deposits on the teeth have been removed, your dentist will be able to accurately assess your oral health. In some cases, this exam will be performed at a later visit. If signs of gum disease are then noticed, your dentist could request scaling and root planing. Decayed teeth might require fillings to correct them, and in some cases, extensive treatment options like oral surgery might be necessary.

The important takeaway from this information is to not delay dental visits. Studies say that only about 50% of Americans visit the dentist regularly, and by making regular appointments, you can avoid dental debridement treatments altogether.

Please contact us if you have any questions about a dental debridement.

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