What You Can Expect During Your Teeth Cleaning and Checkup
Dental prophylaxis, or your routine dental teeth cleaning, should be performed every six months by one of our highly skilled hygienists. This type of treatment typically includes the following steps:
- Meeting and Greeting
- Review of medical health (allergies, need to be pre-medicated with antibiotics for such reasons
- As cardiac valve problems, recent orthopedic surgery)
- Review of patients homecare regiment (toothbrushing, toothpaste, flossing)
- Nutrition avoiding sugar in the diet
- Dental radiographs (usually once a year as needed)
- Examination of mouth, occlusion, bruxism, abfractions, decayed teeth (cavities), missing teeth, and broken teeth.(by the dentist)
- Periodontal charting: determining the depth of pockets (loss of bone) around the roots of teeth
- Discussing and listening to patient as to what are their concerns, problems and what improvements they may want (ie cosmetic, Invisalign, implants)
Your dental hygienist identifies areas with plaque and tartar buildup. Now the actual cleaning begins:
Using specialized equipment and instruments, your hygienist cleans all the surfaces of your teeth, removing plaque, tartar, and the bacteria that cause gum disease. In the first phase of the cleaning, the hygienist will use a sonic cleaner called a cavitron. This machine under a very gentle water spray removes gross chunks of calculus, plaque and food debris from the teeth. After that’s completed our hygienists will use glistening hand instruments to refine the cleaning and gently go under the gums to remove and debris that may remain.
High shine prophy paste is applied to remove the remainder of plaque from your teeth, leaving them bright, beautiful, and smooth.
After your cleaning, your hygienist may review proper brushing and flossing techniques to help you maintain your oral hygiene at home.
Your hygienist and dentist can also answer any questions you may have about preventative care. If you struggle with night grinding or play an impact sport, they can also fit you for professional-grade mouth guards.
The relationship between the patient, dentist, and hygienist is unique and intimate. When patients are pleased with their treatment we take great care to see that the relationship remains intact during their subsequent visits.
The Use of Digital X-Rays, Panorex, and CT Scans
We recommend that all of our patients have new digital X-rays taken at least every 12 months to check for oral health concerns. For all first-time patients, initial visits consist of full mouth digital X-rays taken with a panoramic X-ray machine. Also called a panorex, this X-ray gives us a full view of the teeth, underlying jaw structure, and sinuses. If your dentist spots something on your X-ray that they want to take a closer look at, they may also recommend a CT scan.
Dental X-rays (radiographs) are images of your teeth that the dentist uses to evaluate your oral health. These X-rays are used with extremely low levels of radiation (Digital concept) to capture images of the interior of the patient’s teeth, gum, bone, and skull. This device helps our dentists to see problems like cavities, tooth decay, bone loss, periodontal disease, and impacted wisdom teeth.
To some dental x rays may seem scary or overly invasive. In our office, with ultramodern digital technology, we want to ensure you that these important diagnostic “tools” are incredibly safe.
Dental rays are typically performed yearly. They can happen more often if our dentist is tracking the progress of a dental problem or treatment.
Several Factors influence the frequency of dental X-rays:
- State of oral health
- Patient complaints or symptoms of oral disease
- A history of medical factors, ie diabetes, that can affect bone loss leading to periodontal disease or dental decay
- Radiation treatments for a systemic disease (cancer)
- Medical devices implanted in patients
For new patients (especially those without previous radiographs) we typically take full mouth series along with a panorex. This provides an important baseline for one’s overall oral health.
It is important for children to be monitored radiographically in order to determine the development and sequencing of baby teeth (deciduous) to their adult (permanent) teeth.
Dental x rays do involve very small doses of radiation. The exposure levels are so low that they are proven safe for adults and children. Digital x-rays, used in this office, lower the exposure even further.
We use very sensitive, small sensors in the mouth rather than film which makes the experience even more comfortable.
In our office, our patients’ health and safety are of paramount importance. Lead aprons with thyroid collars are used to further protect our patients. The radiation level is reduced to zero.
During pregnancy, it is safe to have dental X-rays. We prefer not to expose patients in their first trimester.
Digital imaging provides numerous advantages over its film predecessors. Digital radiography provides clinicians and their patients to instantly see the images on a computer, iPad, or phone. These pictures are of a higher resolution and more accurate than film. Additionally, these images can be sent to other doctors, insurance companies with great ease.
Important Teeth Cleaning Information for New Patients
If you are visiting 172 NYC Dental as a new patient, we look forward to providing you with the best teeth cleaning possible. First, however, we must establish your overall oral health and identify any underlying dental pathologies. Your first appointment will consist of a comprehensive exam that includes full mouth X-rays and general dental cleaning.
As a healthcare facility, we take our responsibility for our patients’ health seriously. Once we determine that your mouth is healthy, you will be able to schedule cleaning-only appointments with occasional exams as needed.
New patients can take advantage of our New Patient Special, which costs only $325 ($435 value).
How Much Does It Cost for a Basic Teeth Cleaning?
Most PPO insurance plans cover two cleanings per year, or a cleaning every six months, as long as the annual maximum has not been used up. However, the out-of-pocket cost for our regular teeth cleaning is $144.
Experience the Best Teeth Cleaning at 172 NYC Dental
Whether you had your teeth cleaned six months ago or it has been a lot longer than that, you can count on 172 NYC Dental to provide you with the best hygiene appointment in the city. Contact us today for more information.