At the Kochman Centre, regular visits for dental
hygiene is a top priority. Dental hygiene will help keep your
teeth and gums in tiptop shape. At your visit you
will receive an oral examination by Dr. Kochman and the hygienist, an oral cancer
screening, any necessary x-rays, and a dental cleaning.
The cleaning is called a prophylaxis,
or "prophy" for short. During a prophy we will remove
any superficial stains, dental plaque (soft deposits), and calculus
or tartar (hard deposits) that are visible on your teeth. The
final step is to polish your teeth.
If it has been a while since you had a prophy
or if you have certain problems with your gums, we may recommend
that you have deeper scaling, root planning, and curettage at
a subsequent visit. These procedures remove the plaque, tartar,
and abnormal tissue that has accumulated deep under the gumline
where a toothbrush or floss won't reach. If these deposits are
not removed, they may lead to gum disease, bad breath and tooth
In an effort to make your scaling, root planning,
or curettage as comfortable as possible, Dr. Kochman can give
you local anesthesia and perhaps treat only a part of your mouth
at each visit.
If you have developed gum disease (periodontal
disease), scaling, root planning and curettage will almost always
be a part of your treatment plan.
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