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DENTAL CLEANINGS

Regular dental cleanings play a vital role in achieving optimal oral hygiene. Our experienced dental team is dedicated to providing thorough and gentle cleanings that leave your teeth feeling fresh, polished, and plaque-free. In this section, we will delve into the importance of dental cleanings, the process involved, and the numerous benefits they offer for your overall oral health. Discover how regular dental cleanings can keep your smile shining and your teeth strong for years to come.

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What are Dental Cleanings?

Dental cleanings are an essential part of maintaining a healthy smile. Dental cleanings help to remove plaque, tartar, and stains from your teeth. It is a preventive measure aimed at keeping your teeth and gums in optimal condition.

During a dental cleaning, we will use specialized tools to clean hard-to-reach areas of your mouth that regular brushing and flossing may miss. It is recommended to schedule dental cleanings at least twice a year, although the frequency may vary depending on your individual needs. For individuals with specific dental concerns or a history of gum disease, more frequent cleanings may be advised.

Remember, dental cleanings are not a substitute for your daily oral hygiene routine. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, and maintaining a healthy diet are essential habits for preserving your smile between dental visits. Make dental cleanings a priority to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Contact our dental office to schedule your next cleaning and take a proactive step towards a bright and healthy smile.

Do You Really Need Dental Cleanings?

YES!  Regular dental cleanings are an essential part of maintaining optimal oral health. In this section, we will explore the benefits of dental cleanings and why they are necessary for a healthy smile.

Prevention of Tooth Decay

Dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup, which are primary contributors to tooth decay. By keeping your teeth clean, you can reduce the risk of cavities and the need for extensive dental treatments in the future.

Fresher Breath

Dental cleanings eliminate the bacteria and plaque buildup responsible for bad breath (halitosis). By removing these sources of odor, you can enjoy a fresher and more pleasant breath.

Gum Disease Prevention

Plaque and tartar buildup not only affect your teeth but can also harm your gums, leading to gum disease. Dental cleanings help remove bacteria and debris from the gumline, reducing the risk of gum inflammation, infection, and periodontal disease.

Brighter, Whiter Smile

Dental cleanings often involve polishing the surfaces of your teeth, removing surface stains and discoloration caused by factors such as coffee, tea, tobacco, or certain foods. This can enhance the appearance of your smile and boost your self-confidence.

Early Detection of Dental Issues

During dental cleanings, our dental professionals conduct thorough examinations to identify any signs of dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, oral infections, or even oral cancer. Detecting these issues early allows for prompt intervention and prevents more extensive and costly treatments down the line.

Personalized Advice

Dental cleanings provide an opportunity for our dental professionals to offer personalized oral health education. They can provide guidance on proper brushing and flossing techniques, recommend oral care products suitable for your needs, and address any concerns you may have about your oral health.

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The Dental Cleaning Process

1. Oral Examination: Before the cleaning begins, our dental professional will conduct a thorough oral examination. This examination helps identify any areas of concern, such as cavities, gum disease, or signs of oral abnormalities. X-rays or other imaging may be taken to gather additional information about your oral health.

2. Plaque and Tartar Removal: Using specialized dental instruments, such as scalers and curettes, our dental hygienist or dentist will carefully remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. This process, known as scaling, focuses on removing deposits from above and below the gumline. Removing plaque and tartar is essential to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

3. Teeth Polishing: After scaling, your teeth will be polished using a gentle yet effective polishing paste. This polishing step helps remove surface stains, giving your teeth a smoother and brighter appearance. The polishing process also helps in minimizing the accumulation of plaque and bacteria on the tooth surfaces.

4. Flossing and Rinsing: Following the polishing, our dental professional will floss between your teeth to remove any remaining debris or plaque. This step ensures that all areas of your mouth receive a thorough cleaning. You may also be asked to rinse your mouth to remove any residual cleaning agents.

5. Fluoride Treatment (Optional): Depending on your oral health needs, a fluoride treatment may be offered. Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel and can be especially beneficial for individuals at higher risk of tooth decay. The fluoride treatment is typically applied as a gel, foam, or varnish and left on the teeth for a short period.

6. Follow-Up Recommendations: After the cleaning, our dental professional will discuss your oral health status and provide recommendations for future care. This may include scheduling your next dental cleaning appointment, addressing any dental treatment needs, or suggesting additional preventive measures based on your individual circumstances.

We Proudly Offer ARESTIN® Treatment

The Arestin treatment is an effective and reliable option that we offer at Imaging Dentistry for the periodontal care of our patients. Under the supervision of expert periodontist Dr. Vahan Grigoryan, Arestin is applied directly into the periodontal pockets during the scaling and root planing (SRP) procedure.

 

This innovative form of treatment allows us to reach the most challenging areas where the bacteria responsible for periodontal disease hide and cause damage. Arestin contains minocycline, a powerful broad-spectrum antibiotic that effectively eliminates the bacteria causing the infection and promotes gum healing. Its sustained and controlled release over time ensures prolonged action to combat the infection and reduce inflammation, thereby helping to stabilize the teeth and preserve long-term periodontal health.

 

At Imaging Dentistry, we take pride in offering this advanced and scientifically supported treatment option to improve oral health and promote healthy smiles in our patients. Trust in the expert care of Dr. Vahan Grigoryan and the Imaging Dentistry team to receive quality Arestin treatment and achieve optimal periodontal health.

SRP Deep Cleanings

The deep cleaning procedure, known as scaling and root planing (SRP), is a vital treatment option offered at Imaging Dentistry under the expertise of Dr. Vahan Grigoryan. This comprehensive and non-surgical procedure is designed to effectively remove plaque and tartar buildup that has accumulated above and below the gum line. By meticulously cleaning the tooth surfaces and smoothing out rough spots on the roots, we aim to eliminate the bacteria and toxins responsible for gum disease and prevent its progression. The deep cleaning process not only helps to reduce inflammation and bleeding gums but also improves overall gum health. It plays a crucial role in stabilizing the teeth, preventing further bone loss, and preserving the integrity of the supporting tissues.

 

At Imaging Dentistry, we are dedicated to providing exceptional periodontal care, and our commitment to performing thorough and precise deep cleaning treatments ensures the best possible outcomes for our patients. Trust Dr. Vahan Grigoryan and our skilled team to deliver top-quality SRP treatment that promotes optimal oral health and supports your journey towards a healthier smile.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long do dental bridges last?
    The lifespan of a dental bridge can vary depending on various factors, including oral hygiene practices, regular dental visits, and lifestyle habits. On average, dental bridges can last for 5 to 15 years or even longer with proper care.
  • How do I care for my dental bridge?
    Dental bridges require regular oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily (including under the bridge), and attending regular dental check-ups. It is also important to avoid biting on hard objects or foods that could damage the bridge.
  • Can anyone get a dental bridge?
    Dental bridges are a viable option for many individuals with missing teeth. However, the eligibility for a dental bridge will depend on various factors, such as the health of the supporting teeth and the condition of the surrounding gum tissue. Our experienced dentists will evaluate your specific situation and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for you.
  • Does getting a dental crown hurt?
    Dental crown placement is a minimally invasive procedure performed under local anesthesia, ensuring your comfort throughout the process. You may experience mild sensitivity or discomfort after the procedure, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.
  • How long does it take to get a dental crown?
    The duration of the dental crown process may vary depending on factors such as preparation requirements and the complexity of your case. In most cases, you can expect to have your permanent crown placed within two appointments.
  • How do I care for my dental crown?
    Dental crowns require regular oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and attending regular dental check-ups. Avoid biting hard objects or foods that may damage the crown, and notify your dentist if you experience any issues or discomfort.
  • How can I schedule an appointment at one of your offices?
    Scheduling an appointment at one of our three locations is easy. You can call our office during business hours, visit our website to request an appointment online or use our convenient online booking system. Our friendly staff will assist you in finding a suitable appointment time.
  • Can I request a specific dentist or hygienist for my appointment?
    Yes, you can request a specific dentist or hygienist for your appointment. We will do our best to accommodate your request, depending on the availability of the dentist and the hygienist you prefer.
  • Does Imaging Dentistry offer emergency dental services?
    Yes, Imaging Dentistry and Vahan Grigoryan, DDS understands that dental emergencies can happen at any time. We offer emergency dental services to provide immediate care for issues such as severe toothache, knocked-out teeth, and dental trauma. Please call our office for prompt assistance.
  • What is your policy on cancellations or rescheduling appointments?
    We understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise, and we kindly ask for at least 24 hours notice for cancellations or rescheduling. This allows us to accommodate other patients. Late cancellations or no-shows may be subject to a fee.
  • How long does a typical dental appointment last?
    The duration of a dental appointment can vary based on the type of dental treatment or procedure. Generally, a routine dental check-up and cleaning appointment lasts around one hour. For more complex treatments, the duration will be discussed with you beforehand.
  • What services does Imaging Dentistry and Vahan Grigoryan, DDS offer?
    We provide a wide range of dental services, including restorative, reconstructive and preventive care, cleanings, fillings, crowns, bridges, implants, veneers and lumineers, root canals, extractions, teeth whitening, and Invisalign. We are also pleased to be providers of cutting-edge laser dentistry, advanced dental imaging with CT scans, and authorized providers for Invisalign.
  • What languages do you provide dental service in?
    We speak English,Spanish, Tagalog, Armenian, and Russian at all our locations.
  • What methods of Payment do you accept?
    We take all payment plans including major credit cards, cash, and third-party financing. Internal payment options are also available.
  • Do you accept dental insurance?
    Yes, our offices accept most dental insurance plans. We can help you understand your coverage and assist with the filing of insurance claims on your behalf.
  • Do you accept MediCal?
    Yes, we are pleased to accept MediCal at all our locations.
  • Do you accept Medicare?
    Yes, we accept Medicare PPO plans.
  • Can you provide an estimate of the costs for my dental treatment?
    Yes, we can provide you with a detailed cost estimate for your dental treatment. Our team will discuss the treatment plan with you and provide information on the associated costs and your insurance coverage including any out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Are there any payment plan options available for more expensive treatments?
    Yes, we understand that some dental treatments can be costly. We offer both internal and external financing options, such as CareCredit, Landing Club, and Landing Point that allow you to pay for treatments over time with convenient monthly payments.
  • Do you offer any discounts or specials for dental treatments?
    We periodically offer special promotions and discounts on certain dental treatments. Please inquire with our team to learn about any current offers or discounts that may be available.
  • Are dental implants suitable for everyone?
    Dental implants are a suitable option for most people who have good oral health and adequate bone density in their jaw to support the implant.
  • How long does the dental implant treatment take?
    The duration of the dental implant procedure can vary depending on individual cases. On average, the process can take several months, including the healing period after implant placement.
  • Can I eat normally with dental implants?
    Yes, dental implants function like natural teeth, allowing you to eat a wide variety of foods without any restrictions. They provide stability and strength, similar to natural teeth.
  • Are there any alternatives to dental implants?
    Yes, alternative options to dental implants include dental bridges and removable dentures. However, dental implants are considered the most effective and long-lasting solution for tooth replacement.
  • Are dental implants covered by insurance?
    Yes, most insurance plans provide coverage for dental implants.
  • Can I whiten my teeth at Imaging Dentistry?
    Yes, Imaging Dentistry and Vahan Grigoryan, DDS, offer professional teeth whitening services. We provide both in-office whitening treatments for immediate results and take-home whitening kits for convenient use at home. Dr. Vahan Grigoryan can help determine the best whitening option for you.
  • Is teeth whitening safe?
    When performed by a dental professional, teeth whitening is generally safe. However, it's important to follow the instructions provided and avoid overusing whitening products, as excessive use may lead to tooth sensitivity or irritation.
  • Are there any side effects of teeth whitening?
    Some individuals may experience temporary tooth sensitivity or gum irritation after teeth whitening. These side effects are usually mild and subside shortly after the treatment.
  • How can I maintain my teeth whitening results?
    To maintain teeth whitening results, it's vital to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. Avoiding or minimizing the consumption of staining substances can also help prolong the whiteness of your teeth.
  • How are Lumineers different from traditional veneers?
    Lumineers are thinner than traditional veneers. They are as thin as contact lenses, and can be applied with or without extensive tooth preparation or removal of enamel.
  • What issues can Lumineers address?
    Lumineers can effectively address various cosmetic dental concerns, including stained or discolored teeth, chipped or worn teeth, gaps between teeth, and slightly misaligned teeth.
  • Are Lumineers reversible?
    Yes, Lumineers are considered to be a reversible cosmetic dental treatment because they require minimal to no alteration of the natural tooth structure. If desired, Lumineers can be removed, and your teeth can return to their original state.
  • Does getting Lumineers require anesthesia?
    In most cases, getting Lumineers does not require anesthesia since the procedure is minimally invasive. However, if needed, your dentist may use a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort.
  • What are non-prep veneers and how do they differ from traditional veneers?
    Non-prep veneers, such as Lumineers are ultra-thin porcelain veneers that are placed over existing teeth without removing any tooth structure. Unlike traditional veneers, non-prep veneers require no grinding or shaving of the teeth. They can even be applied over existing crowns or bridgework without replacement.
  • What are dental veneers and what issues can they address?
    Dental veneers are custom-designed shells made of tooth-like ceramic material. They can be used to cover worn tooth enamel, correct uneven tooth alignment or spacing, and repair chips or cracks in teeth.
  • How are veneers different from dental crowns?
    Veneers cover only the front surface of teeth, while dental crowns encase the entire tooth. Veneers are typically used for cosmetic enhancements, while crowns are used for both cosmetic and functional purposes.
  • Do veneers stain?
    Unlike natural teeth, veneers are resistant to staining.
  • What is Invisalign?
    Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment that uses clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth and correct bite issues.
  • What Are the Benefits of Invisalign Treatment?
    Compared to traditional metal and wire braces, Invisalign has several advantages. The clear removable aligners allow better oral hygiene, greater comfort (do not cause irritation or painful sores), and minimize lifestyle changes (less restrictions on what to eat or drink).
  • How does Invisalign work?
    Invisalign treatment involves a series of custom-made aligners that are worn over the teeth. These aligners apply gentle, controlled force to gradually shift the teeth into the desired position.
  • Is Invisalign suitable for all cases?
    No. Invisalign works for many, but not all, cases. Our dentists at Imaging Dentistry will assess your teeth case and tell you if Invisalign is suitable for you.
  • Is Invisalign suitable for children?
    Yes. The only additional condition is that they must have all their permanent teeth.
  • Are Invisalign aligners noticeable?
    Invisalign aligners are made of clear, transparent material, making them less noticeable compared to traditional metal braces. They are designed to be discreet and virtually invisible when worn.
  • Can Invisalign correct bite issues?
    Yes, Invisalign is effective in correcting various bite issues, including overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite. Our dentists at Imaging Dentistry will evaluate your case to determine if Invisalign is suitable for your specific bite concern.
  • Are there any restrictions during Invisalign treatment?
    Invisalign aligners should be removed when consuming anything other than water. It's also important to avoid chewing gum while wearing the aligners. Other than that, there are no major dietary restrictions or limitations associated with Invisalign treatment.
  • Will Invisalign make my teeth sore?
    Yes, but for most people it is not severe and last for 2-3 days after each change of their invisible aligners.
  • How often do I need to see my dentist?
    Once every 2 weeks.
  • Does Invisalign alter my speech?
    Once you are used to invisalign in a day or 2 you will be able to speak normally.
  • Do I wear the aligners 24/7?
    Yes, but you do take them out to eat and clean.
  • Is Invisalign really invisible?
    From normal conversational distance most people will never notice. Invisalign is ideal for adults who want straight teeth but who do not want everyone to know.
  • How do dentures stay in place?
    Dentures are typically held in place by suction, natural oral structures, and adhesive products. In some cases, dental implants may be used to provide additional stability.
  • Can dentures improve my ability to eat and speak?
    Yes, dentures can significantly improve your ability to eat and speak. They restore missing teeth, providing support and functionality for chewing food and helping with clear speech.
  • Are dentures comfortable to wear?
    Dentures may feel a bit uncomfortable initially as your mouth adjusts to them. However, with time and adjustments, dentures can be made to fit comfortably and securely.
  • Can dentures be repaired if they break?
    Yes, in most cases, dentures can be repaired if they break. It's important to visit your dentist at Imaging Dentistry as soon as possible if your dentures are damaged for appropriate repairs or adjustments.
  • Can dentures be worn while sleeping?
    It is generally recommended to remove dentures while sleeping to give your gums and oral tissues a chance to rest and recover.
  • What are implant-supported dentures?
    Implant-supported dentures are dentures that are secured in place by dental implants. These implants act as anchors in the jawbone, providing stability and support for the dentures.
  • How are implant-supported dentures different from traditional dentures?
    Traditional dentures rest on the gums and rely on suction or adhesive for stability. Implant-supported dentures are anchored to dental implants, offering a more secure and stable fit.
  • How many dental implants are needed for implant-supported dentures?
    The number of dental implants required for implant-supported dentures can vary depending on individual needs and the specific treatment plan. Typically, four to six implants are placed to support an entire arch of dentures.
  • Are implant-supported dentures more comfortable than traditional dentures?
    Many patients find that implant-supported dentures are more comfortable than traditional dentures due to enhanced stability.
  • Are implant-supported dentures a permanent solution?
    Implant-supported dentures are a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. With proper care and regular dental visits, they can last for many years. However, the denture may need periodic adjustments or replacement over time.
  • What is root canal therapy and when is it necessary?
    Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure that aims to save a severely damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. It becomes necessary when the tooth's pulp (a tissue containing nerves and blood vessels) becomes inflamed or infected due to various causes like deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth.
  • Is root canal therapy painful?
    Many people assume that a root canal procedure is painful, but in reality, it's usually no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed. At Imaging Dentistry, we use modern anesthesia techniques to ensure the procedure is as painless as possible. Any discomfort you might experience after the procedure can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
  • How long does a root canal take?
    The duration of the root canal procedure can vary depending on the complexity of the case. In general, root canals can be completed in one to two appointments.
  • Will I need a dental crown after a root canal?
    In most cases, a dental crown is recommended after a root canal to protect and strengthen the treated tooth. Our dentist will evaluate your specific situation and discuss the appropriate restoration options with you.
  • What is a 3D dental imaging or cone beam CT scan?
    3D dental imaging, specifically cone beam computed tomography (CT) scan, is a specialized x-ray technique that generates detailed three-dimensional (3D) images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths, and bones in the craniofacial region. This advanced technology provides more comprehensive information than traditional dental or facial x-rays.
  • When is dental cone beam CT scan used?
    Dental cone beam CT scan is used when detailed and three-dimensional imaging is required. It's especially beneficial for evaluating diseases of the jaw, dentition, bony structures of the face, nasal cavity, and sinuses. It's also widely utilized in the planning stages of a dental implant procedure to ensure precise treatment.
  • What benefits does a dental cone beam CT scan offer for my treatment?
    3D dental imaging performed by a cone beam CT scan machine provides a comprehensive view of your dental and facial structures. This enhanced perspective allows for more precise diagnosis, better treatment planning, and more accurate execution of procedures, particularly complex ones like dental implant placement.
  • Are there any risks associated with dental cone beam CT scan?
    As with any x-ray procedure, there is a small level of radiation exposure with dental cone beam CT scan. However, the benefits of the detailed information gained typically outweigh the risks, especially for complex or critical dental procedures. Rest assured, at Imaging Dentistry, we always prioritize patient safety and follow strict protocols to minimize radiation exposure.
  • What is laser dentistry and when is it used?
    Laser dentistry is a modern invasive approach to many common dental procedures, utilizing highly focused light beams to treat various conditions. It's often used for reshaping soft tissue, performing frenectomies, removing benign oral tumors, conducting biopsies, and more. It's also recognized for its role in cosmetic treatments and preventative measures.
  • What are the advantages of laser dentistry over traditional techniques?
    Laser dentistry offers several significant benefits compared to traditional dentistry. These include faster healing and tissue regeneration, preservation of more of the natural tooth, reduced bleeding during and after treatment, less need for anesthesia, stitches, or sutures, and a lower risk of bacterial infections following procedures.
  • Is laser dentistry safe?
    Yes, laser dentistry is deemed safe for public usage by the FDA since 1990. At Imaging Dentistry, we use laser dentistry in everyday procedures including scaling and root planing (SRP or deep cleaning), taking advantage of its precision and the minimized post-treatment recovery times it offers.
  • What types of lasers are used in laser dentistry?
    Different types of lasers are used for different conditions. The most common types are carbon dioxide lasers and diode lasers, typically used to treat soft tissue problems. The type of laser to be used is determined after conducting X-rays and a thorough examination.
  • What are dental veneers?
    Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to improve their appearance.
  • How do dental veneers improve the appearance of my teeth?
    Veneers can enhance the color, shape, size, and overall appearance of your teeth. They can cover up stains, chips, cracks, and gaps, giving you a beautiful smile.
  • What types of dental issues can veneers address?
    Veneers can help with stained or discolored teeth, chipped or worn teeth, gaps between teeth, misaligned or uneven teeth, and teeth with irregular shapes.
  • Are veneers a permanent solution?
    Veneers are considered a long-term solution, but they may need to be replaced eventually due to wear or damage.
  • How long do dental veneers typically last?
    With proper care, veneers can last for many years—usually around 10 to 15 years. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene habits can help prolong their lifespan.
  • What are veneers made of?
    Veneers are commonly made from porcelain or composite resin materials. Both options are durable and can provide natural-looking results.
  • Will getting veneers hurt?
    The process of getting veneers is usually painless. Your dentist will use a local anesthetic to ensure you're comfortable during the procedure. You may experience minor sensitivity or discomfort afterward, but it should subside quickly.
  • Can anyone get dental veneers?
    Not everyone is a suitable candidate for veneers. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health and discuss your expectations to determine if veneers are the right option for you.
  • Do veneers require special care or maintenance?
    Veneers do not require special care, but it's important to maintain good oral hygiene practices. Brush and floss regularly, and visit your dentist for routine check-ups. Avoid biting or chewing on hard objects that may damage the veneers.
  • Can veneers be used to fix a single tooth or are they applied to multiple teeth?
    Veneers can be used to fix a single tooth or multiple teeth, depending on your specific needs and goals.
  • What is the process of getting dental veneers?
    The process involves consultation, tooth preparation, taking impressions, fabricating the veneers in a dental lab, and bonding them to your teeth. Your dentist will guide you through each step.
  • Are there any alternatives to dental veneers?
    Yes, alternatives include teeth whitening, dental bonding, and orthodontic treatments like braces or clear aligners, depending on your specific dental concerns.
  • Can veneers stain or discolor over time?
    Porcelain veneers are resistant to stains, but composite resin veneers may be prone to slight staining. Your dentist can advise you on how to minimize the risk of discoloration.
  • Can veneers be used to close gaps between teeth?
    Yes, veneers can be an effective solution for closing small gaps between teeth, giving you a more even smile.
  • Can veneers fix crooked or misaligned teeth?
    Veneers can improve the appearance of mildly crooked or misaligned teeth. However, severe cases may require orthodontic treatment for the best results.
  • What is teeth whitening?
    Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that aims to lighten the color of your teeth, helping to remove stains and discoloration and achieve a brighter, more attractive smile.
  • How does teeth whitening work?
    Teeth whitening works by using bleaching agents, such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which penetrate the enamel and break down the stains. This process helps to remove discoloration and lighten the shade of the teeth.
  • Is teeth whitening safe?
    Yes, teeth whitening is generally safe when performed under the guidance of a dental professional. They can ensure that the treatment is appropriate for your specific needs and provide proper instructions for at-home or in-office whitening.
  • Can anyone get their teeth whitened?
    Most people can benefit from teeth whitening, but it's important to have a healthy mouth before undergoing the procedure. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health to determine if teeth whitening is suitable for you.
  • What are the different methods of teeth whitening?
    There are different methods of teeth whitening, including in-office professional whitening, take-home whitening kits provided by dentists, and over-the-counter whitening products. Professional treatments tend to be more effective and controlled, producing faster and more consistent results.
  • How long does teeth whitening take?
    The duration of teeth whitening treatment can vary depending on the method used and the level of discoloration. In-office treatments often take about one to two hours, while take-home kits may require several days or weeks of regular use.
  • Will teeth whitening cause tooth sensitivity?
    Tooth sensitivity can be a temporary side effect of teeth whitening. However, modern whitening techniques and professional supervision help minimize sensitivity. Your dentist may recommend desensitizing toothpaste or adjust the treatment to manage any sensitivity.
  • How long do the results of teeth whitening last?
    The longevity of teeth whitening results varies depending on factors such as your oral hygiene habits, dietary choices, and lifestyle factors like smoking. Typically, results can last from several months to a couple of years. Periodic touch-up treatments can help maintain the desired whiteness.
  • Can I whiten my teeth at home with over-the-counter products?
    Over-the-counter whitening products are available, but they may not provide the same level of effectiveness or customization as professional treatments. Professional whitening ensures safer and more predictable results tailored to your specific needs.
  • Are there any side effects of teeth whitening?
    Teeth whitening is generally considered safe, but some individuals may experience temporary side effects such as tooth sensitivity or gum irritation. These effects are usually mild and subside shortly after the treatment. It is important to follow the instructions provided by your dental professional to minimize any potential side effects.
  • Why are dental cleanings important?
    Dental cleanings are important because they help remove plaque and tartar buildup, which can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Regular cleanings also allow your dentist to detect any potential problems early.
  • How often should I have a dental cleaning?
    Most individuals benefit from having a dental cleaning every six months. However, the frequency may vary based on your oral health needs. Your dentist will recommend the appropriate interval for your specific situation.
  • Are dental X-rays necessary during a cleaning?
    Dental X-rays, also known as dental radiographs, are often taken during dental cleanings. They help identify potential issues such as cavities, gum disease, or hidden dental problems that may not be visible during a visual examination.
  • Do dental cleanings hurt?
    Dental cleanings are generally painless. However, you may experience slight discomfort or sensitivity during the process, especially if you have gum disease or sensitive teeth. Your dental professional will ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
  • Can dental cleanings prevent bad breath?
    Yes, dental cleanings can help prevent bad breath. By removing plaque, tartar, and bacteria from your teeth and gums, it reduces the potential for odor-causing bacteria to accumulate and cause bad breath.
  • Do dental cleanings whiten teeth?
    Dental cleanings can help improve the appearance of your teeth by removing surface stains and discoloration. However, if you're specifically looking for teeth whitening, there are additional treatments available that focus solely on teeth whitening.
  • Are dental cleanings covered by insurance?
    Many dental insurance plans cover dental cleanings as part of preventive care. However, the coverage may vary depending on your specific insurance plan. It's best to check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage.
  • Can children benefit from dental cleanings?
    Yes, children can benefit from dental cleanings. Regular cleanings help establish good oral hygiene habits from an early age, prevent tooth decay, and ensure proper dental development. Pediatric dental cleanings are tailored to their specific needs.
  • What is ARESTIN and how does it work?
    Arestin is a concentrated, locally applied antibiotic our dental hygienists use to treat infected gum pockets after a scaling and root planing (SRP) procedure. Arestin is composed of microspheres that remain active in the gum pocket for an extended period of time releasing antibiotic to target the harmful bacteria. Studies prove that Arestin along with scaling and root planning is effective in treating and preventing all stages of periodontitis. Ask the experienced dental hygienists at Imaging Dentistry about the benefits of Arestin.
  • What is SRP?
    Scaling and root planning (SRP), also known as deep cleaning, is widely used to prevent periodontitis – serious gum disease. Scaling teeth involves manually removing plaque and tartar from the teeth below the gum line including the roots, while planing smoothes out rough spots on the roots where bacteria can gather. The entire process of scaling and root planing can take 1-2 hours and may be completed in two visits for your convenience. The dental hygienists at Imaging Dentistry will guide you through your dental cleaning and determine if you need SRP.

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