Teeth cleaning is a procedure that has a preventive function for some dental diseases. Dental cleaning, also called dental prophylaxis, is done to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) that builds up on teeth over time. This accumulation of plaque and tartar is deposited on the teeth. Plaque is a viscous substance with bacteria and food debris that is located on the margins of the gum and in the most retentive areas of the teeth. Once tartar is generated, it cannot be removed by brushing. Tartar is the solidification of dental plaque. With proper oral hygiene, the plaque is completely removed, for this, the correct hygiene must be done daily, brushing is sufficient for this. It is also true that certain people generate more tartar in the same hygienic conditions as others. In these cases, teeth cleaning is a great solution to maintain good oral health.
Who Is This For?
30 minutes - 1 hour
Potential Risks & Side Effects
Success Rate: 95%
How Does it Work?
Dentists recommend having a professional dental cleaning once or twice a year. It is one of the simplest interventions carried out in dentistry and its objective is to eliminate bacterial plaque and tartar accumulated in the teeth, the gingival line and the interdental spaces. Dental cleaning is usually done with an ultrasound machine that has a fine tip that vibrates when it touches a hard object; in this case, the tooth or tartar. This vibration achieves the detachment of the tartar plates and the elimination of extrinsic stains, that is, those produced by tobacco, coffee, etc. Also, for the removal of stains an air pressure instrument is used that uses bicarbonate and drags the stains from the teeth. Subsequently, a brush or polishing rubber is passed with a paste to polish the tooth surface.
What Does Teeth Cleaning Treatment Involve?
1. Consultation for Teeth Cleaning Treatment
After you submit your request for information, you will take an online consultation to make sure that you are a suitable candidate for the teeth cleaning. During this consultation, your complaints will be learned in detail and your current health condition will be required. The imaging results or photos will be very useful to evaluate your case. Taking all this into account, we can prepare a customized treatment plan for you.
2. Planning Your Trip and Choosing the Clinic
This is the stage where you choose one of the clinics that we offer you according to your criteria and expectations, and also where we arrange the date and trip plan that suits you upon your preferred clinic/dentist.
3. Final Consultation with Your Dentist
When you arrive at the clinic, you will have a face-to-face consultation with your surgeon who performs your teeth cleaning. Everything about your surgery will be discussed between you and your surgeon during this consultation. The surgeon will ask you some questions to try to understand your expectations and goals better and also make you understand what you should expect from your treatment and the potential risks or complications of the procedure. Your dental clinic will explain the whole process clearly and try to simulate it as much as possible, in the order for you to feel ready.
4. Medical Examinations
Before the treatment begins, your dentist will conduct a computer-based examination to understand the current situation of your teeth. If any risk detected at this stage, dentists may postpone the teeth cleaning and try to eliminate the other oral health risks first.
Is Teeth Cleaning Procedure Painful?
Most patients agree that teeth cleaning is not a painful treatment, but it may cause little discomfort to the gums.
Is There Any Problem If I Get More Teeth Cleaning Than Necessary?
In principle, there is no serious problem, but if it is completely unnecessary, it is better not to do it. The ultrasound machine, when vibrating on the tooth, can generate micro-breaks on the tooth enamel and increase the porosity of the tooth. And this can increase the presence of stains on the enamel.
How Often Do I Need to Have Professional Teeth Cleaning?
Dentists recommend teeth cleaning every six months if there is any periodontal disease. In the case that the mouth is much healthier and there are no gum pathologies, having teeth cleaning once a year is more than enough.
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