Cleaning and Prevention
Preventing periodontal disease is critical in maintaining your oral health and keeping your dental costs down. The most effective prevention plan for periodontal patients involves you, Dr. Haynes, your general dentist, and a dental hygienist working as a team toward a healthy, happy smile.
At home, it is important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once per day - in fact, this is the most important aspect of excellent preventative periodontal care. In addition to at-home care, it is very important to have regular dental exams and cleanings to prevent decay and disease. These exams often take place at your regular dentist if you do not have severe periodontal disease. Patients with more advanced periodontal disease will find themselves well-cared for by our periodontal hygienists. Sara and Jeannine have advanced training and experience in providing hygiene care related to periodontal experience, including scaling and root planing. Together with Dr. Haynes, they will help you prevent periodontal disease from progressing.
Here is what you can expect at your periodontal cleaning visits:
Auburn Periodontics and Implantology uses digital x-rays, the most current dental-imaging technology. These type of x-rays provide the same visual information needed for treatment planning as standard x-rays, but they reduce exposure to radiation by roughly 80-90%. They are ready much fasted and are can be viewed immediately in the clinic by Dr. Haynes and our staff. As such, they are can easily be edited to a larger size for better viewing and conveniently emailed to you and/or your general dentist.
Typically, you only need to have a full set of x-rays taken every three years - and bite-wing x-rays (top and bottom side teeth that meet together) during routine hygiene appointments and periodontal check-ups. Occasionally, additional x-rays may be required, depending on individual treatment requirements.