The answer depends on your current oral health. If you have been proactive with routine exams and cleanings in the past, you may require only a maintenance cleaning or prophylaxis. In this case, we may have enough time to complete it on your first visit.
Typically, we schedule first visits with Dr. Brown who likes to spend some time learning if you have any concerns you would like us to address. Your appointment time is devoted exclusively to you, so you can be confident that you have our undivided attention.
She will perform a thorough examination that includes digital x-rays and periodontal probing to look for evidence of gum disease. It’s only after conducting this evaluation that we can determine which type of teeth cleaning is appropriate for your needs.
If you have noticed bleeding when you brush or puffy, inflamed gums, you probably have gingivitis. This is the earliest stage of gum disease, and a simple cleaning to remove plaque and tartar may be all you need.
For periodontal disease that is more advanced, you may require scaling and root planing, also referred to as deep cleaning. In this case, we would schedule you for a separate appointment when we have plenty of time to do a thorough job.
If you are due for your six-month cleaning or it’s been a while, and you have some catching up to do, please call Vermont Hills Family Dental. We look forward to helping you maintain your healthiest smile.