Having a teeth cleaning once every six months can help prevent gum disease, detect oral cancer and help save money on future dental problems. At New Image Dentistry, LLC, we recommend our patients come in at least once every 6 months to a year to have a Bee Ridge teeth cleaning. We screen for oral cancer, perform evaluations for patients who may have gum disease, and provide exams and X-rays.
Prevention of gum disease is key to having healthy teeth throughout life. Gum disease can cause tooth loss and other problems if it is not discovered and treated in time.Gum disease happens when the pockets between gums and teeth trap and harbor excessive bacteria. These pockets hold bacteria and can become deteriorated as the bacteria eats away at the tooth and gum, causing them to decay and deepen over time. Pockets that are 4mm or deeper require a scaling or root planing to scrape away remaining bacteria and plaque before further damage occurs. Those with periodontal disease may be required to have a more frequent schedule of cleanings, such as twice or three times per year. A root planing and scaling may help those who have severe periodontal disease, along with regular Bee Ridge teeth cleaning procedures.
At New Image we also perform implant surgery, a quick and easy way for patients to once again have a full set of teeth. Implants use small titanium posts that are surgically implanted into the gum to create a space for an artificial tooth to be placed over. Implants can help restore the shape of the face while allowing patients the ability to once again eat foods they could not partake in before due to their missing teeth. The patient is directed to eat soft foods while the implant site heals over a period of a couple months.