Dental Prophylaxis ( Preventive Professional dental “cleaning & Polishing”)- This is accomplished for our patients who have no Periodontal(gum/Bone)
disease or have been in maintenance mode after active treatment for Periodontal disease. It is procedure that is usually done every 4 to 6 months. It involves removal of
plaque(bacteria/food), heavy tartar(hardened plaque) & stains above the gum level using instruments to SCALE away the hard particles and also POLISHING away the softer particles. Many studies show that polishing prior to scaling may be more beneficial to the health of the patients.
For your comfort and a thorough removal of these disease causing germs and unsightly stains we use:
Ultrasonic scalers= instruments that use gentle vibration and a stream of water to loosen, remove and irrigate the teeth and gum tissue.
ProphyJet= “Air Polishing”, instrument that uses a puff of air and water mixed with polishing crystals to remove the stains and bacteria. Very effective for Coffee drinkers and smoker
Prophy Angles= Latex-Free polishing cups to polish the surface of the teeth.
Topical Fluoride application
A Brief note about Fluoride:
Fluoride salts(not elemental Fluoride) makes the tooth structure stronger, so teeth are more resistant to ACID attacks from the bacteria. Acid is formed when the bacteria in plaque break down the sugars and carbohydrates from the foods left on our teeth. Repeated acid attacks eat away at the teeth, which simply causes cavities=creates HOLES in the teeth. This is especially important in case of patients with “fillings”, crowns, Root canals, bondings and even ones with Recession since:
Altered tooth structure is weaker and acid can attack it more aggressively. Exposed Root surfaces are naturally 30% softer than untouched enamel and the acid will dissolve away the softer areas more quickly, also the root surfaces are much closer to the Pulp(the “Nerve”) of the teeth.
Fluoride salts also acts to repair, or remineralizen(reharden), areas in which acid attacks have already begun. The remineralization effect of fluoride is important because it reverses the early decay process as well as creating a tooth surface that is more resistant to decay. They also have desensitizing effects on teeth as well as minor antiseptic effect (killing bacteria and arresting their growth)
Professionally-applied fluorides are in the form of a gel, foam or rinse, and are applied by a dentist or dental hygienist during dental visits. These fluorides are more concentrated (10 times stronger than normal toothpaste)than the self-applied fluorides, and therefore are not needed as frequently(usually once a year). It is recommended for children and adults as long as there is a justifiable need!
A Brief Note about Sealants:
Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions(pits and grooves). Sealants are resin based coatings that are ideally bonded to these grooves after they are opened and cleaned using sand blasters or tiny burs ( no local anesthesia is needed). They generally last up to 5 years after which they may need to be redone as they wear away. They are recommended on permanent adult teeth once they erupt in the mouth as early as 6 years of age.
At Naperville Family Dental Care (NFDC ) Dr. Adel and our team are ready to assist you on your journey to a beautiful, confident smile. We have been proudly serving our amazing patients in Naperville, Aurora, Lisle, Warrenville and surrounding western suburbs of Chicago, in Illinois since the year 2000.