What Is Deep Teeth Cleaning?

We all are familiar with basic oral care. We visit our dentist at least twice a year, brush and floss thoroughly, but your dentist may recommend deep teeth cleaning. What is deep teeth cleaning and how can it improve your smile? Let’s see why deep teeth cleaning is different from a regular cleaning at your dentist.

What is deep teeth cleaning?

Your dentist at Dental Arts in St Pete Beach, FL may recommend deep teeth cleaning for you. It is basically just when your dentist cleans the entire surface of your tooth, down past the gum line. It cleans the plaque where your regular flossing and brushing routine can’t quite reach. When not treated, your gums will begin to recede. This exposes the sensitive part of your tooth to more bacteria. Deep teeth cleaning will help to protect your teeth and avoid you paying the extra costs later.

How is it different from my regular cleaning?

Deep teeth cleaning involves scaling and planing. Your dentist will use scaling to remove the plaque of the entire surface of your teeth. After the plaque is gone, your dentist will use planing to smooth out the enamel of your teeth. Your gums will have a smooth area to reattach to.

Does deep teeth cleaning hurt?

Your dentist may suggest numbing the affected areas before beginning the cleaning. This is based on the buildup of plaque on the teeth and how much area needs to be cleaned. You may experience sensitivity after the cleaning. Your dentist may recommend a small dosage of ibuprofen as bruising is common after a deep teeth cleaning.

Don’t forget the importance of keeping your smile bright and healthy. Contact Dental Arts today to see if deep teeth cleaning is an option for you!

Misconceptions About Porcelain Veneers

Looking for a perfect yet natural looking smile? Are you finally ready to fix the tooth you cracked ages ago? Veneers are the perfect way to transform your teeth and boost your self confidence. However, what are porcelain veneers and what do they treat exactly? Porcelain veneers have been used for years to fix a variety of dental problems such as chips and cracks, gaps between teeth, minor misalignments, and discoloration. They are thin, porcelain shells that are ‘glued’ to the tooth/teeth. What, though, are some common misconceptions about porcelain veneers?

  • The application is painful. Veneers are only applied after the patient is given a local anesthetic to eliminate any pain or discomfort.
  • You only need veneers for the front of your mouth. While it is most common for dental veneers to be placed in the most visible part of your mouth, they are also made for your lower and back teeth.
  • The entire tooth must be filed down before veneers can be placed. Minimal reshaping of the tooth is sometimes needed to place dental veneers. Our dentists at Dental Art, however, do everything to eliminate unnecessary filing.
  • Veneers can get put on in one visit. In order to get your perfect smile, more than one appointment is necessary. You will be given several temporary veneers to try out.
  • Veneers are unnaturally white and noticeable. With today’s technology, we can perfectly match to the color, thickness, and shape of your teeth.

Are porcelain veneers right for you? Call us today for an appointment at Dental Arts to see if porcelain veneers work for your teeth. Our staff will be more than happy to assist you!