Dental cleanings are designed to preserve your teeth and prevent or slow the progression of tooth decay. They are considered a general prophylaxis in preventive dentistry. Professional cleanings are usually performed by a dental hygienist in the dental office. Dr. Steinberg has two registered dental hygienists that regularly perform dental cleanings. During a routine dental cleaning, the surfaces of teeth are thoroughly cleaned and polished, removing plaque and tarter. A fluoride treatment may be used during a cleaning to help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent decay. Dental cleanings often make your teeth look healthier and feel better.
Disease Risk Assessment
An oral health screening allows Dr. Steinberg and his team to assess the health of your mouth and to identify any signs of disease such as tooth decay, periodontal disease or cancer. Oral health encompasses the overall health of the entire mouth, including your teeth, tongue, gums and supporting tissues. The purpose of a screening is to identify normal versus abnormal oral conditions. The screening may include reviewing your oral health history, performing a physical examination of your mouth and using diagnostic tools to identify oral diseases.
Gum Disease Evaluation
Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, often has no symptoms in its early stages. But don’t be fooled. This “silent” disease can still damage the gums, bone, and other tissues that surround your teeth. A periodontal screening involves checking your gums for problems such as pockets and loose teeth. Gum health is gauged by measuring the gap between teeth and gums. An instrument like a tiny ruler is gently inserted between the tooth and gum. Some space between the tooth and gum is normal. Deep pockets indicate the presence of periodontal disease. After your periodontal screening, Dr. Steinberg will let you know the status of your gum health and will discuss treatment options if needed.
Scaling & Root Planing
Deep cleaning is done to reduce plaque, calculus, and other causes of periodontal disease. Also known in as scaling and root planing, deep cleaning removes biofilm and tartar from the pocket areas between your teeth and gums and below the gumline. Plaque and tartar are removed (scaling), and the root surfaces of teeth are smoothed (root planing). Professionally removing disease-causing dental plaque and calculus (tartar) from your teeth can help slow the progression of periodontal disease and increase the chances of you keeping your teeth.
Detection of Cavities
Tooth decay is an oral disease that has plagued humans since the beginning of recorded history. In simple terms, it is the presence of cavities. It is well known that certain individuals develop more decay than others. The purpose of decay assessment is to prevent the progression of tooth decay and improve oral health. By using advanced technology, we can detect areas of demineralization and decay at the earliest possible stages. Dr. Steinberg and his team regularly use laser fluorescence technology with other diagnostic tools to detect and monitor the progression of tooth decay, and to aid in the decision to remineralize, remove or restore infected teeth.
We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.