Frequently Asked Questions
On your first “cleaning” visit, the hygienist will measure your gum tissue with a fine instrument with ruler markings to calibrate your “pocket depth” and attachment levels of your gums. They do this by measuring the space between your gums and teeth. Pocket depths more than 4 millimeters could indicate disease and infection as it is easier for bacteria to collect and infect the gum tissue causing gum disease.
We also check for areas where the gums may have receded. X-rays are taken to compare bone levels with gum measurements as well as look for infection between the teeth and around the roots. You will also receive a comprehensive examination including a screening for gum and bone disease, systemic disorders, and oral cancer.
The type of cleaning needed will then be determined. A Prophylaxis (routine cleaning) are completed for those with healthy gums, removing the soft plaque and tartar below and above the gums. When disease is present, tooth scaling and root planing is needed and will be explained if present.