The Loft 19 Dental Check-In Process
To provide the best quality service we use a systematic approach to your regularly scheduled check-ins. At Loft 19 Dental your hygienist and dentist will:
- Provide a thorough dental exam
- Enhanced tooth and gum cleaning
- Deep scaling and planing
Once the process is complete you will leave with a brilliant new smile.
The Most Important Step of Your Regular Check-Up:
The Dental Exam
Dental exams aren’t about simply looking at your teeth. It’s about your overall health. At Loft 19 Dental, we are attuned professionals at not only finding dental concerns but also looking for indications for some systemic diseases that might show signs in your mouth.
What Do We Look for During Your Dental Exam?
- Check teeth for decay, cavities, and tartar
- Check gums for swelling and disease
- Examine the positioning of your jaw and teeth
- Examine existing dental restorations
- Teach you how to effectively clean your teeth
- Look for early signs of some diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Diabetes.
- Discuss your diet and plan for a healthy, nutrient-full diet
- Examine your face, mouth, and neck for signs of Oral Cancer
Tooth Cleaning for a Resilient, Beautiful Smile
To keep your teeth beautiful and healthy, Loft 19 Dental uses a systematic approach to provide enhanced oral cleaning. By coming in twice a year for a regular appointment your smile will shine bright and be healthier than ever.
For those who are prone to gum disease, the dentist may suggest coming every 3-4 months for deeper cleaning.
Loft 19’s Oral Cleaning Steps
1. Plaque and Tartar Removal
At your appointment, we gently loosen and remove plaque and tartar from your teeth using floss and an ultrasonic brush
2. Scaler for the Tough Stuff
With a handheld instrument called a “scaler” the hygienists or dentists at Loft 19 Dental clean off the small bits of pieces of tartar that are difficult to remove.
3. Finally, the Polish
To give your teeth a shiny and robust finish, we polish your teeth with a gritty toothpaste called “prophylaxis paste”.
Important Steps After Cleaning
As amazing as your teeth will feel, make sure you don’t eat for 30 minutes after the cleaning. For the best results and the most amazing smile, the fluoride you use after polishing needs to set. Staying away from food and drinks will allow the fluoride to work its magic.
Scaling and Root Planing for a Deep Clean of your Gums
Deep cleaning of your gums is needed at the early stages of periodontal disease. When plaque and tartar are left on your teeth for too long it can start forming pockets at the base of your gums. These pockets collect more bacteria and gunk that becomes difficult to brush which furthers tooth decay. When this happens getting a deep clean can help reverse this issue and start your journey to a healthy mouth.
Scaling and Planing… What is the difference?
Scaling is the process of cleaning the area between your tooth and gums. This is crucial as it is the area that is commonly missed when brushing teeth.
Planing, on the other hand, is the process of cleaning your roots, which are made of more sensitive tooth structure.
Both processes use either ultrasonic instruments or manual scaling tool.
What About After the Procedure?
After the procedure, it is crucial to continue to take care of your teeth. After the procedure and daily oral care, the gums and teeth should become healthier after a few weeks.