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Periodontal Health

Dental Cleanings & Check-ups

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Teeth cleanings are an important part of dentistry.  Keeping your gums clean and free of bacteria help to maintain the structure of your teeth that keep them in place.  Regular cleanings prevent gum disease that can lead to tooth loss, as well as help to catch smaller issues before they become more serious.  

 

Good oral hygiene is essential to protecting your mouth from infection and disease. Dentistry is certainly in an area where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. During your dental exam, Doctor Luffey and his skilled dental hygienists will perform the following:

  • X rays: we use digital X rays that are low in radiation and very precise. Doctor Luffey uses digital X rays to spot any decay, tumors, cysts, or bone loss.

  • Gum disease evaluation: our dental hygienists carefully check your gums and the bone around your teeth for periodontal disease, or other gum diseases.

  • Oral cancer screening: Dr Luffey checks your face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, and gums for signs of oral cancer.

  • Examination of tooth decay: Since Hygienists clean all surfaces, they can help spot early signs of tooth decay.

  • Examination of restorations: we check your current dental fillings, porcelain crowns, and any other dental restorations to ensure they are in top shape and performing well.

Tooth Whitening

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While tooth whitening is considered a cosmetic procedure that does not affect the overall health of your mouth, having a whiter, brighter smile can help you to feel more confident and attractive.

Dr. Luffey offers 20-minute in-office whitening procedures that will give you quick and dramatic results, or customized trays for convenient at-home teeth whitening.

Whitening can provide:

  • Renewed Confidence: You will feel different about your smile, which means you’re more likely to show it off. Your new confidence will be evident to everyone around you.

  • Healthy Teeth: Our teeth whitening process is safe and effective. You’ll never have to worry that teeth whitening is unsafe for your teeth!

Gum Disease Treatment

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If your gums are red and swollen or bleeding, you may be among the 76% of U.S. adults affected by periodontal disease, also called gum disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that causes red, swollen gums. While the inflammation may be painless, it can cause serious damage to your gums, teeth, and jawbone.

 

When we fail to remove plaque, it accumulates and starts irritating and inflaming our gums.  

Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Gums that bleed easily.

  • Gums that are tender, red, and swollen.

  • Pus between the teeth and gums when pressed.

  • Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth.

  • Gums that seem to be pulling away from your teeth.

  • A change in your bite or the way your teeth fit together.

  • Lose teeth.

 

Gum disease treatment removes deposits of tartar, plaque, and bacteria in the pockets between your teeth and your gums. We do this through tooth scaling and root planning, a deep dental cleaning that removes hard plaque and tartar (also called calculus) from the pockets between your teeth and your gums. During your appointment, your hygienist will explain how to remove the bacteria that causes gum disease at home so you can achieve optimal levels of daily oral hygiene.

Scaling & Root Planing

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If your teeth feel sensitive or your gums bleed when you floss or brush, scaling and root planning may be the best way to prevent further damage to your teeth and gums. Scaling and root planning is a deep dental cleaning and gum disease treatment that helps your teeth and gums regain health and comfort.

 

Scaling removes buildup plaque and tartar above and below the gum line. Your hygienist may also use a tool called an Ultrasonic.  The ultrasonic scaler uses water and vibration to knock off tartar buildup, flush out the gums of bacteria for a more effective cleaning.

Root planning gently smooths your teeth to remove rough spots on the tooth and the route that enters harbor bacteria. It removes the unwanted microorganisms and tartar from the tooth's surface.  The root of the tooth is not as strong as the crown, and so making sure these surfaces are smooth and resist bacteria attaching will make sure the tooth stays healthy.

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