Dental cleanings are done by a friendly, professional dental hygienist at Dr. Davis’ office. Dr. Davis’ hygienists are periodontally and laser trained. The dental cleaning referred to as a "dental prophylaxis," or "prophy," lasts about an hour. It is generally recommended you go in for a cleaning once every six months, but Dr. Davis and the hygienist may recommend more frequent cleanings depending upon the condition of your teeth and gums. Routine dental cleanings are significant in both the prevention of dental disease and the maintenance of good oral hygiene, healthy teeth and gums.
Careful dental cleanings and periodic exams are important tools in the prevention of periodontal disease. Commonly referred to as gum disease, periodontal disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss in America and affects up to 75% of people at some point in their lifetimes.
Dr. Davis and his dental hygienists are trained to catch periodontal disease early and treat it in its earliest stages. The sooner you catch the condition, the easier it is to treat.
Regular teeth cleaning and good home dental care like brushing and flossing help remove plaque which is the cause of tooth decay, cavities, caries, gingivitis and periodontitis. (Plaque is essentially a complex microbial community, with greater than 10 billion bacteria per milligram.) If plaque is not removed and accumulates on the teeth and/or under the gum line, it can calcify (harden) and become calculus. Calculus always retains a layer of plaque on its surface.
- Laser decontamination to kill bacteria.
- Removal of plaque and tartar from all visible tooth surfaces and supragigival (above the gum line) scaling.
- Debridement (or removal of dead cells), plaque and tartar beneath the gums.
- Tooth polishing.
- Oral hygiene evaluation
- Review for home care and recommendations.
- Tooth brushing and flossing instructions.
- Charting of gum attachments and scheduling of future periodontal care as required.
Digital x-ray system (radiography) shoots a picture of your teeth and then almost immediately displays it on a computer monitor. You no longer have to sit and wait for X-ray film to develop. Because the Digital X-ray System is more sensitive than X-ray film systems, your exposure to X-rays is cut 75% percent or more.
Brighten your smile with teeth whitening has been part of Dr. Davis’ cosmetic dentistry practice for nearly 30 years. Professional whitening of your teeth is a safe and effective means of removing stains and discoloration from teeth. Dr. Davis’ office offers a take home teeth tray whitening system.
Take Home Tray System involves your use at home of the professional take-home tray system and professional strength teeth whitening gel. The system is dispensed and supervised by the office and is performed by applying the gel to a custom tray that is specially designed to fit your teeth.
Dr. Davis believes that the tray system provide patients with complete and even cosmetic tooth whitening results, while producing little or no sensitivity during treatment or after completion of treatment.