Regular long-term maintenance to ensure the health of the supporting tissues is essential for the success of any restorative treatment. Hygienists are specially trained to clean your teeth and monitor the health of the periodontal tissues.
They work closely with, and under the prescription and supervision of, your dentist and will immediately report any changes in your dental state to you dentist.
In this way, regular 3 monthly appointments with a hygienist reporting back to your dentist is an extremely cost-effective way of maintaining your dental health.
Many patients find having their teeth cleaned the most traumatic part of any dental treatment and dread visits to the hygienist! This is particularly so for those patients who, for whatever reason, have not been regular attendees and have suffered the ravages of gum disease resulting in the exposure of sensitive root surfaces. The resultant “catch 22” means that cleaning of the sensitive teeth is avoided and therefore the disease progresses further- meaning that the teeth become more sensitive and more bone is lost and so on until the teeth themselves are lost.
Dr Paolella interviews by having her own teeth cleaned and selects only the gentlest, most thorough hygienists. She also insists that, wherever necessary, her hygienists use copious quantities of short acting local anaesthetic to ensure your comfort during treatment.
For some patients, following the initial course of cleaning appointments and the regular use of desensitising agents , it may be possible to clean the teeth without the use of local anaesthetic, but for others the teeth may remain sensitive and local anaesthetic may always be necessary for long term maintenance but you should be assured we will always monitor your needs and respond accordingly.
Walk in hygiene
For your convenience, and that last moment invitation that you need to look your best for, we offer (when available) ‘walk in’ dental hygiene appointments.
Unlike other clinics that offer varying degrees of ‘cleaning’, in our place, clean is CLEAN!!!- So all appointments guarantee removal of all damaging deposits.
Superficial polishing may give the illusion of clean but still in place are the same ‘flesh eating bacteria’ that will carry on destroying gum and bone. Therefore, we do not offer 15 minute ‘gloss over’ appointments unless it is appropriate for you- which is rare!
We know that some of you, who have unfortunately suffered from lack of dental hygiene care previously, have sensitive teeth and therefore avoid the hygienist.
For you, our tooth fairy’s ‘wand’ may be necessary to ensure your comfort throughout your dental hygiene appointment. This takes a little longer and therefore the price is a little higher.
Although we encourage your regular return for dental hygiene appointments (after all, our business depends on it!), we always give tips for home maintenance and expect you to do your homework!
Maybe after all that work you want that extra ‘diamond white’ sparkly smile?
Ask about tooth bleaching to achieve that Hollywood sparkle and whiteness.
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