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Understanding Debridement Marietta, GA

Understanding Debridement

Dental Procedures Marietta GA

If it has been several years since you have visited the dentist, you may hear the term “debridement.” Debridement is a procedure or process of removing hardened tartar or layers of stubborn plaque along the teeth and gums so that the actual condition of the teeth can be properly evaluated.

Reasons for Debridement

This preliminary procedure is reserved for patients whose teeth are heavily colonized with significant levels of plaque buildup. Plaque forms on the teeth just minutes after we consume food. However, if it is not properly cleaned away, plaque begins to harden. Only a professional teeth cleaning from you dentist can remove plaque once it has hardened or turns into tartar. Therefore, if you’ve skipped multiple routine dental cleanings, your dentist may have some extra work to do to remove this thick layer of plaque. This is called debridement.

How is Debridement Performed

Don’t worry; debridement is not painful or invasive. During the procedure, your dentist will diligently and carefully navigate the contours of your tooth and gums using a special ultrasonic device and scaling tools. The goal of debridement is to remove both supragingival plaque (on the surface of the gums/teeth) as well as subgingival plaque (below the gum surface). Ultrasonic cleaning relies on water and high-frequency vibrations to dislodge stubborn buildup of tarter. In doing so, your dentist can not only gain a clearer picture of your dental health but also help to prevent (or reverse) gum disease and cavities.

To maximize comfort, some patients can benefit from a local anesthetic and/or elect sedation dentistry using nitrous oxide. This is common for those who have avoided the dental office for years or who may fear a lengthy time in the dental chair. With sedation dentistry, modern ultrasonic technology and your dentist’s skilled technique, debridement can absolutely be a painless experience.

The Follow-Up

It is important to understand that debridement is typically considered as a preliminary procedure that prepares patients for a more comprehensive dental examination. Follow-up visits after the debridement can determine if any further dental procedures are required to restore your smile health. To learn more about debridement, call Gilreath Family Dentistry. We welcome all patients to our Marietta office – even if it has been several years since you’ve seen a dentist!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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