Thomas & Associates : Preventative Dental Cleaning
Cleaning / Preventative
Preventative dental cleaning such as brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing your teeth daily is important if you want your teeth to last as long as possible and to also look their best. In addition, annual dental cleanings and exams allow dentists to identify problems and take care of them right away.
Dr. Michael Thomas DDS offers teeth cleaning devices that use water and ultra sound waves to clean your teeth deep down below the gum line and prevent your teeth from decaying.
In addition to these services, we also offer:
- Oral cancer screening
- Night tooth grinding treatment
If you are looking to maintain your teeth and protect them from tooth decay, and you live in the North Canton or surrounding Ohio areas, contact Dr. Thomas & Associates.
Deep Scaling / Root Planing
Why is deep scaling or root planing done on teeth?
The objective of scaling and root planing, otherwise known as conventional periodontal therapy or non-surgical periodontal therapy, is to remove or eliminate the etiologic agents which cause inflammation: dental plaque, and its products and calculus, thus helping to establish a periodontium that is free of disease.
What is Periodontal Scaling?
Periodontal scaling procedures “include the removal of plaque, calculus and stain from the crown and root surfaces of teeth.
What is Root Planing?
Root Planing is a specific treatment that removes the roughened cementum and surface dentin that is impregnated with calculus, microorganisms and their toxins.”
Scaling and root planing are often referred to as deep cleaning, and may be performed using a number of dental tools, including ultrasonic instruments and hand instruments, such as periodontal scalers and curettes.
If you are looking to have your teeth deep cleaned, and you live in the North Canton or surrounding Ohio areas, contact Dr. Thomas & Associates.
What does an orthodontist do?
Orthodontists treat a dental problem known as malocclusion or, in simple English, “bad bite.”
There are several types of of malocclusions, most of which are inherited. Some others are simply acquired as we grow up.
Typical malocclusions include extra or crowded teeth, missing teeth, or a misaligned jaw.
Some problems can start pretty early from early or late loss of baby teeth and thumb-sucking.
Accidents can be another cause.
Although we love children and we specialize in pediatric dentistry, children aren’t the only ones who can benefit from an Orthodontist.
Adult teeth straightening can correct many problems, while improving both appearance and confidence.
Children should receive an Orthodontist evaluation by age seven.
Adults, because their facial bones have stopped growing, may not benefit solely from braces.
How long do you have to have braces for?
Although it varies based on each individual, typically, braces are in place for 24 months. Adult treatment may take a bit longer.
What should you expect for your Orthodontics treatment plan?
First, a pretreatment record is made as a diagnostic tool. This includes a medical and dental history, clinical exam and creating plaster study models of the patient’s teeth. Photos are also taken of the patient’s face and teeth along with X-rays of both the mouth and head. All this information is used in determining the best course of action.
Since everybody is unique, a custom orthodontics treatment plan is developed. There are a variety of different orthodontic appliances available. Based on the treatment plan that the Orthodontist recommends for you, the best appliance is selected and constructed.
After the appliance is in place, treatment moves to the “active” phase. During this time, the appliance is periodically adjusted so the teeth are moved correctly. It’s very important that the patient works their part of the treatment plan by wearing rubber bands and making their recall appointments.
After the active phase, treatment moves into the “retention” phase. This is simply a matter of wearing a retainer to insure the teeth stay in their new locations.
Clear and tooth colored braces
People are often concerned about “brace-face.” Rest assured, today’s braces are much less noticeable than those of days gone by. Brackets, that part of the brace that hold the wire, are bonded to the teeth. They can be metal, but there are also clear and tooth-colored options. Today’s wires are less noticeable, too. New materials allow for a steady, gentle pressure on the teeth. This results in a faster process and more comfort for the patient.
Although orthodontic treatment requires time, most people feel the benefits far outweigh the time invested in the overall treatment.
Below are before and after examples of the orthodontic procedure:
If you are looking for an Orthodontist in the North Canton or surrounding areas, contact Dr. Thomas & Associates.
Tooth Protecting Sealants
Dr Thomas & Associates also specializes in the application of tooth sealants.
In the history of tooth decay prevention, two breakthroughs stand out: fluoride and sealants.
Dentists learned that balanced fluoride treatments could help defend the teeth against decay, and that the application of sealants could further offer protection for the teeth.
What are tooth sealants?
For more than 30 years now, sealants have offered a protective plastic coating that covers the surfaces of teeth to help prevent tooth decay. Tooth decay can lead to tooth death.
Why should you apply tooth sealants?
Because of their many bumps and grooves, the chewing surfaces of children’s teeth are highly susceptible to cavities. Debris and resulting bacteria may become lodged between the grooves of a child’s tooth. These grooves (called pits and fissures) may be more problematic for some children than for others.
Toddlers, children in cavity-prone years (aged four to 17), and premolars and molars have the most pits and fissures, and are difficult for your child to reach with a toothbrush or dental floss.
The application of tooth sealants on the appropriate teeth can help prevent tooth decay at any age.
to find out more information on applying sealants to your child’s teeth or even your own in the North Canton or surrounding areas, contact Dr. Thomas and associates. We love being a pediatric dentist.
What is an ultrasonic dental cleaning?
During ultrasonic dental cleaning, Dr. Thomas & Associates uses an instrument called an ultrasonic scaler, or Cavitron®.
The Cavitron distributes ultrasonic vibrations to literally blast dental tartar, or dental calculus, off of your teeth!
As the ultrasonic scaler vibrates, it produces sound waves to break apart stubborn calculus.
Water flows out of the tip’s end to wash away debris and keep the scaler from overheating.
Although you won’t feel the vibrations or hear the sound waves, you’ll most likely notice that your teeth feel cleaner.
And your dentist will have significantly reduced the amount of dental plaque bacteria that causes most dental diseases.
You may be interested in ultrasonic cleaning if:
- You have a large buildup of dental tartar: Over time, the bacteria and dental plaque in your mouth forms hard deposits of calculus, leading to tooth decay if not treated. Unfortunately, your toothbrush isn’t going to help — only a dentist or dental hygienist can remove calculus from your teeth.
- You have periodontal disease: Ultrasonic dental cleaning is used to remove dental calculus from under the gum line as well. As plaque creeps beneath the gums, it forms pockets of calculus that attacks the surrounding gum and bone tissue. The result is gum disease, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. Dental scaling is usually the first step in treating periodontal disease, and it can easily be performed with an ultrasonic dental cleaning system.
Ultrasonic dental cleaning offers both the dentist and patient several benefits:
Using state-of-the-art ultrasonic dental cleaning equipment cuts down on the time it takes for scaling and root planing by removing more dental calculus at once.
Ultrasonic dental cleaning is often effective in limiting the progression of the early stages of gum disease.
Is dental scaling painful?
Scaling isn’t painful and can usually be done without anesthesia. If you do experience sensitivity, Dr.Thomas & Associates can provide options to make you more comfortable.
The best part is that ultrasonic dental cleaning is so powerful it can reduce the appearance of tooth stains!
To have your teeth ultrasonically cleaned in the North Canton, Canton, or surrounding areas, contact Dr. Thomas and Associates.