Regular dental cleanings, performed by a registered dental hygienist, are a crucial part of preventive dental care. By removing plaque and tartar, your oral health is enhanced, and your risks of gingivitis and periodontal disease are reduced.
Your dental hygienist will utilize manual instruments to remove moderate plaque and tartar buildup, or an ultrasonic device to scale away heavier buildup. The cleaning is finished with polishing, a pleasant procedure that cleans the surface of teeth, removes stains, and leaves the mouth feeling clean and refreshed.
Your dentist will prescribe the type and frequency of cleaning or periodontal therapy you need based on your diagnosis. To treat the areas above and below the gum line, we offer three basic types of procedures:
Patients diagnosed with a healthy mouth condition receive a prophylaxis or healthy mouth cleaning — the kind that most insurance companies cover. This procedure removes plaque on the teeth and at the gum-line.
Full Mouth Debridement
Patients diagnosed with gingivitis, the only reversible form of periodontal disease, typically require a full mouth debridement to remove build-up on the teeth so a full assessment can be conducted. Afterward, many patients return to a healthy mouth condition.
Scaling & Root Planing (SRP)
Patients diagnosed with active periodontal disease cannot benefit from a healthy mouth cleaning because they require treatment above and below the gum line. These patients generally receive SRP, a non-surgical treatment that removes build-up, smooths out exposed root surfaces and can include the application of laser therapy or localized antibiotics. SRP often takes several visits to complete, and ongoing periodontal maintenance is prescribed at regular intervals afterward.
Although Dr. Fisher is able to provide treatment for a number of oral health problems, his ultimate goal is to help his patients maintain optimal oral health throughout their lifetime. Using the latest technologies, such as digital X-ray systems and intra-oral cameras, he provides superlative care to all patients in an effort to avoid complications. This includes comprehensive, routine dental exams, fluoride treatments, and the placement of sealants to seal out decay. General dentistry is a cornerstone of treatment at our Murfreesboro practice.