Dental Hygiene/Periodontal Health
Periodontal means “around the teeth”. Therefore, periodontal treatment is treatment of the gums and/or bone that surround the teeth. In addition to the meticulous cleaning, polishing, and examination of your teeth, we also take the time to help our patients develop proper oral hygiene habits at home. We will evaluate your hygiene techniques and make adjustments to your routine when needed. Dr. Chancey and/or our hygienists will also make suggestions for preventative measures such as dental sealants, special fluoride tooth pastes, fluoride mouth rinses, mouth washes to fight gum disease and other suggestions.
Oral Cancer Screenings
During a dental exam, Dr. Chancey and/or our dental hygienists will check your oral tissues for lumps, red or white patches or recurring sore areas. Screening for early changes in the oral tissue can help detect cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated.Smoking, especially combined with heavy alcohol consumption (30 drinks a week or more), is the primary risk factor for oral cancer. In fact, this combination is estimated to be the most likely trigger in about 75 percent of oral cancers diagnosed in this country. Other lifestyle and environmental factors also may increase your risk of developing oral cancer.
Scaling & Root Planing
For gum problems that cannot be treated with a regular dental cleaning (prophylaxis), which cleans the teeth above the gums, we may recommend teeth scaling and root planing, which are procedures that clean the teeth below the gums. These measures can be instrumental in preventing bone loss and helping you to keep your natural teeth.Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure in which our hygienists remove plaque (sticky bacteria) and tartar (calcified sticky bacteria) from below the gum line. Dr. Chancey usually numbs up the areas to be treated with scaling and root planing. As mentioned, the procedure is done by our hygienists, and Dr. Chancey checks the treated areas after treatment. Root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments, especially with the untrasonic scaler. It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from the pockets of infection around the teeth; because aside from the bacterial toxins that irritate the gums, plaque and the rough surfaces of tartar make it easier for bacteria to gain a foothold.