Can Dental Cleanings Damage Enamel?

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Dental cleanings are integral part of our oral health, and are typically recommended twice a year. Keeping our teeth and gums free and clear of harmful bacteria is important. At Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry, our team is proud to offer general dental treatments like dental cleanings in Sandy Springs, GA. We strive to provide quality services for our patients, and always make sure our patients are relaxed and comfortable during their visit.

However, some patients have asked us if having their teeth cleaned regularly can damage the enamel on our teeth. We hope that this article can help address this common concern.

Can Dental Cleanings Damage Enamel?

Dental cleanings do not damage the enamel on your teeth! Cleanings safely remove the plaque and bacteria that builds up over time on the teeth and under the gums. If teeth are not cleaned regularly inflammation can occur, and this can lead to gum disease. Brushing at home is a great way to remove bacteria from the teeth, but brushing cannot clean our teeth like a professional cleaning. Our certified hygienists provide quality cleanings to keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

If teeth are cleaned improperly at home or by a non-professional, damage can occur to the enamel. Enamel is extremely durable, and it is hard to chip or damage during cleaning exams. Enamel can wear off if patients suffer from bruxism, or use harsh brushing strokes while brushing their teeth at home. Acidic foods or drinks can also cause erosion to enamel on our teeth.

If you have concerns about the condition of the enamel on your teeth, please let our team know when you schedule your appointment.
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What Should I Expect During my Cleaning Appointment?

Dental cleanings in our office typically take anywhere from 30-45 minutes. X-rays are taken if needed, and carefully reviewed during your exam to help our team to provide a customized treatment plan for each patient. Our skilled hygienists use special tools to carefully remove the hard layer of plaque from a patient’s teeth, and we ensure your mouth is free of any plaque or bacteria. Our staff will discuss the health of your teeth and gums, and will recommend further treatment if needed.

Your oral health is extremely important to us, and we encourage our patients to keep up with regularly scheduled dental cleanings to keep their teeth looking and feeling great. Regular dental cleanings are a great way to prevent future issues. Dental exams give us the opportunity to catch any potential issues early, and prevent serious issues from developing.

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Looking for Quality Dental Exams in Sandy Springs?

If you are looking for a family friendly dentist in Sandy Springs, GA, contact Dr. Azy Esfandiari for your next dental cleaning. Our goal is to provide exceptional service in a family friendly environment. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have, and we welcome all new patients to our office.

If you are interested in scheduling your next dental cleaning with us, please contact Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry, and one of our staff members will be happy to assist you.

The different types of cleanings at the Boutique

At Boutique we offer two different types of cleanings-a prophylaxis and a scaling and root planing cleaning (SRP). It is really important for you as a patient to understand the difference in these two types of cleanings because it will help you have a better understanding of your overall oral health.

Our most frequently completed type of cleaning is called a “prophy” or a prophylaxis cleaning. This type of cleaning is performed on patients who have healthy gums. Healthy gums are described as salmon pink in color, flat in appearance and do not bleed when probed, brushed or flossed. Prophys are usually completed two times per year and are considered preventive because they help prevent gum disease.

If you are in need of a deep cleaning, Mckenzie will preform a cleaning called a scaling and root planning (SRP). These patients will have bleeding and swollen gums, red gum tissue and probing depths that are greater than 5 millimeters and radiographic bone loss.

In order to determine which type of cleaning you will need, schedule an appointment with McKenzie and she will access your overall oral health.

Hi, guys. McKenzie here, the hygienist at the Boutique. The most frequently completed dental cleanings are regular cleanings or what we as hygienists call prophies or a deep cleaning or what we call scaling, root planing or SRP. It’s really important for you, the patient, to understand the difference in these two cleanings because that will help you have a better understanding of your overall oral health.

Regular cleanings are usually completed on patients who have healthy gums. So, healthy gums are usually described as salmon pink in color, flat in appearance, and do not bleed when probed, brushed or flossed. And these patients usually have probing depths or gum measurements between one and three millimeters. Prophies or regular cleanings are usually completed two times per year and are considered preventive in nature because they help prevent periodontal or gum disease. Additionally, a regular cleaning cleans all of the tissues above the gums and only about three millimeters below the gums.

However, when gum disease or periodontal disease is present, a prophy is no longer needed. After a diagnosis of periodontal disease, a scaling and root planing or a deep cleaning is now needed to control the disease rather than prevent it. Some common signs of periodontal disease include bleeding and swollen gums, bright red gum tissue, probing depths that are greater than five millimeters, and radiographic bone loss, which we can see on X-rays. X-rays also give us some insight into what type of deposits are underneath the gums. If calculus or tartar deposits are evident on X-rays, it is likely that a deep cleaning will be needed. For this reason, X-rays and a periodontal exam by a hygienist are necessary to determine what type of cleaning a patient will need.

If you’ve been experiencing bleeding gums, painful gums when brushing or flossing, or if it’s been longer than six months since your last dental cleaning, give our office a call and we’ll be happy to get you on the schedule.

What is the Difference Between Dental Implants & Veneers

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Dental Veneers and Dental Implants both can give patients a beautiful white smile. Deciding what restorative or cosmetic option works best for you depends on the condition of your teeth. Our staff at Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry in Sandy Springs, GA provides cosmetic and restorative consultations to all our patients to take a detailed look at your mouth and determine a customized treatment plan that works for you. We listen to your goals and look at all options to give you the opportunity to choose the best one.

So, what is the difference between the two? Typically, Dental Veneers and Dental Implants are used for different reasons. This all depends on how much damage a patient has to their teeth.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants are the leading restorative solution for many patients and one of the most common procedures done today. Implants are permanent and reliable giving patients the feeling that they have natural teeth. Implants are used for patients that have lost a tooth or teeth, have suffered from periodontal disease, or an injury. Dental implants take multiple appointments across a few months to complete.

Implants last upwards of 25 years or a lifetime if taken care for properly. They provide many benefits to patients, and are comfortable in the mouth. Implants allow patients to speak, eat, and function just like they would with natural teeth.

As part of our evaluation process, Dr. Azy Esfandiari will determine if the patient has enough bone present in the jaw to support the implants. If needed, bone grafting can be done to provide the additional support. During the implant procedure metal posts are placed in the jaw, and these act similar to artificial tooth roots. These posts provide the required support needed for the implants. Once the healing process is complete, an abutment or connector is secured on top of the implants. This allows the crown to be secured on top of the implant.

Crowns are custom made to match the color, size, and shape of your teeth. Temporary crowns are used while the patient waits for the permanent crown to be placed. Practicing good oral hygiene habits and visiting our office regularly will help to keep your implants looking and feeling great.

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Still Not Sure? Contact Our Cosmetic Dentist in Sandy Springs, GA

Choosing the best option is important, and our team at Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry is here to help give you all of the options available to achieve that bright white smile. We welcome all patients, and strive to always provide quality service our patients can count on.

If you are interested in finding out more about Dental Veneers or are looking to get dental implants in Sandy Springs, GA, please contact Dr. Esfandiari  to schedule your consultation.