Teeth Cleaning IN SALEM

Dental Prophylaxis Vs. Periodontal Maintenance

A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Dental prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease.  Dental prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease. Some patients’ periodontal needs can be managed by the general dentist. However, as more and more patients are exhibiting signs of periodontal disease, coupled with research that suggests a relationship between periodontal disease and other chronic diseases of aging, periodontal treatment may necessitate a greater understanding and increased the level of expertise by a trained specialist.

Patients who present with moderate or severe levels of periodontal disease, or patients with more complex cases, will be best managed by a partnership between the dentist and periodontist, like Dr. Drake. 

If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned in a while, call Dr. Drake today at (503)-385-8821.

Why Work with Dr. Drake?

Dr. Drake is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. As a periodontist, she is an expert in the treatment of oral inflammation. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.  She has been recognized by her peers and her patients locally and nationally for her passion for helping her patients oral health. If you are hoping to work with a caring and respected periodontist, call Dr. Drake today at (503)-385-8821.  You can also check out what our patients have to save about Dr. Drake’s amazing work and dental team.

Dr. Drake often treats more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history. Periodontists offer a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (in which the infected surface of the root is cleaned) or root surface debridement (in which damaged tissue is removed). They can also treat patients with severe gum problems using a range of surgical procedures. Also, Dr. Drake is specially trained in the placement, maintenance, and repair of dental implants.

What Happens During a Periodontal Maintenance?

During the first visit, the Dr. Drake usually reviews the patient’s complete medical and dental histories. It is crucial for her to know if any medications are being taken or if the patient is being treated for any condition that can affect periodontal care, such as heart disease, diabetes, or pregnancy.  She will then examine the gums, check to see if there is any gum line recession, assesses how the teeth fit together when biting, and checks the teeth to see if any are loose. Dr. Drake will also take a small measuring instrument called a probe and place it between the teeth and gums to determine the depth of those spaces, known as periodontal pockets; this helps the periodontist assess the health of the gums. X-rays may also be taken to observe the health of the bone below the gum line.

  • Plaque  & Calculus removal. Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria, and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
  • A healthier looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the aesthetics of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment for ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains by polishing at the end of your prophylaxis or periodontal maintenance visit.
  • Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus, and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.
  • X-rays. One final part of periodontal maintenance is examining the health of the bone supporting your teeth.  X-rays are an essential part of for disease progression. They are taken yearly to check for any bone loss, cavities, or other possible infections.

How to Get Started with Dr. Sunny Drake:

Professional dental cleaning can be performed at our office. We recommend that prophylaxis is performed twice annually as a preventative measure, but should be completed every 3-4 months for periodontitis sufferers. It should be noted that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but dental prophylaxis and periodontal maintenance is one of the tools Dr. Drake can use to effectively halt its progression. 

Whether you need extensive dental work or you’re looking for a new dentist for teeth cleaning, Salem patients should make sure to call our office. When you call, you’ll always be greeted by our friendly and expertly-trained staff. Your call is important to us, and we look forward to talking you! If you have questions or concerns, we are happy to discuss them with you.

From there, the next step is to set up a time for you to come into our offices to meet with Dr. Drake. During this meeting, Dr. Drake will talk with you about your medical history, any symptoms that you’re experiencing, and address any oral health concerns you may have. She will then perform an examination to get a better idea of what may be affecting the health of your teeth and gums. She may also order some x-rays to get more information on what’s happening internally. After that, we’ll make an appointment for you to come back and get a more extensive work done or, for dental emergencies, Dr. Drake may perform the procedure right then and there.  As you may have gathered, your health is our priority, and we are committed to helping you achieve healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime, for a healthier you!

To schedule your teeth cleaning consultation with Dr. Drake, call our Salem office at (503)-385-8821.