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Is it typical for a periodontist to do root planing (dental cleaning) or does a hygienist do this?

Is it typical for a periodontist to do root planing (dental cleaning) or does a hygienist do this?

Hygienist: Hygienists are trained to do cleanings. Dds will do sometimes, especially if problems, e.g. Periodontal disease, "pockets", severe caries (cavities), etc. Even if hygienist does the cleaning, the dds will come in, examine, oversee the work done, review or order xrays (as indicated), etc. ...Read more

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Hygienist (Definition)

Dental professional that focuses on prevention and treatment of gum disease. They can also aid the dentist in co-diagnosing multiple ...Read more


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What does a dental assistant vs hygienist do?

What does a dental assistant vs hygienist do?

Diff: Hygienest=more schooling. Work more on their own. They do the cleanings, work on your gums, given instructions for care, apply fluoride, have a license and get more $. Assistant is mostly helping providers (dentist/hygienest) getting supplies, seating patients, charting, instructions, impressions, much more...Less $, less school/training. ...Read more

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What do dentists exactly do to your teeth when you go for a cleaning?

What do dentists exactly do to your teeth when you go for a cleaning?

Not just a cleaning: During your routine visit for a cleaning, your mouth is examined for signs of oral cancer. Your teeth are checked for cavities. The existing fillings and crowns are checked for cracks, or decay under them, some x-rays may be necessary. Gums are checked for bleeding areas and we look for signs of any medical problems. The plaque buildup is removed from your teeth and they are polished. ...Read more

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What does the dentist do for a gum infection?

What does the dentist do for a gum infection?

Many options: Really depends on what is causing the "infection" it may involve better hygiene or more involved hygiene by the professional, rinses, antibiotics or even surgery. It all depends on the cause and severity. See a dentist or even a periodontist if it is severe. The dentist will also make sure the infection is truly gum related or possibly due to an abscess from a dead tooth. Then see an endodontist. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is a dental dam and does it work?

How do I know exactly what is a dental dam and does it work?

A rubber barrier: A dental dam is a square piece of thin rubber that stretches over the teeth you are having treated. This creates a barrier between your teeth and your mouth. This is critical with bonded dentistry, such as tooth colored fillings, so all moisture can be controlled also when removing old silver fillings you eliminate the risk of the patient accidentally swallowing anything. Absolute must! ...Read more

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Why do you have to see a general dentist before a periodontist? general dentist said nothing wrong with gums but saw a periodontist/got deep cleaning

Always periodontist: It is very important to see a periodontist if you experience any of the symptoms of gum disease. A periodontist is a dentist specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and alveolar bone resorption. ...Read more

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What will a dr do for abscessed tooth?

What will a dr do for abscessed tooth?

Abscess: It is very important you go see your dentist. You may need a root canal or even an extraction. You need to see your dentist as soon as possible an untreated infection can cause serious health issues including death. ...Read more

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How will i know what does an dental anesthesiologist job entail?

How will i know what does an dental anesthesiologist job entail?

Depends: Some pracftices employ an anethesiologist to help treat patients who are fearful or difficult. A separate person usally monitors and controls the anesthesia while the work is performed in lengthy sessions. It adds a substantial cost to the procedure. ...Read more

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What do you do for a broken tooth?

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What do you do for a broken tooth?

See a dentist: for evaluation, diagnosis, x-rays and treatment options. If you are in pain from a broken tooth, you may want to take an NSAID or Tylenol (acetaminophen) OTC for pain relieve. ...Read more

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What does it mean for a dentist to flush out a dental implant?

What does it mean for a dentist to flush out a dental implant?

Clean & Disinfect: Sounds like your implant has a problem, probably will infection, loss of bone attachment, or plaque/food accumulation. In these cases, the area around the implant will be gently opened, the area will be cleaned, & then it will be "flushed" with an antiseptic and/or antibiotic. This is no different than what would be done with any other area of the body which is infected and needs to be cleaned. ...Read more

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Need a simple explaination for this. What do dental hygienists do?

Need a simple explaination for this. What do dental hygienists do?

Dental Hygiene duty: A dental hygienist is licensed to do more than just clean teeth. They are trained to take X-rays, impressions, place sealants, obtain a records to develop treatment for a patient. Their primary duty is to remove calculus from teeth and provide a smooth surface to help prevent plaque from attaching to the teeth. They work together with the dentist in helping treat and prevent periodontal disease ...Read more

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Can docs explain what does the dentist do with an infected tooth?

Can docs explain what does the dentist do with an infected tooth?

Depends...: ... On cause of infection. Treatments can include root canal therapy, periodontal therapy, or extraction. A simple cleaning may also do the trick in specific circumstances. Hope this info helps... ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my dental hygienist does not do certain things, what should I do?

What do you suggest if my dental hygienist does not do certain things, what should I do?

More info needed...: If we knew what it was that your hygienist did not do, we could give you some guidance. But since that is currently unknown, the advice is to repost your question with more information. ...Read more

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Is it typical for a periodontist to do dental cleaning or is it normal for a regular dentist to do this?

Very normal: Your dentist and periodontist form a partnership in your care. Routinely, the periodontist will want to see you for celanings to ensure followup to surgery as well as to closely monitor how your healing is taking place and if further intervention will be needed. ...Read more

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How do I really know if a hygienist in a general dds office in florida is licensed to give perio cleanings under gumline?

How do I really know if a hygienist in a general dds office in florida is licensed to give perio cleanings under gumline?

Code of Ethics: Look up the number of the state licensing board or state education department and either ask them or get a copy of the code of ethics. More important than the rules, as this is often a gray area, is the quality of care provided to you at any dental office. Finally, you should discuss this issue with the dentist in person. ...Read more

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What should I do for a broken tooth without seeing a dentist?

What should I do for a broken tooth without seeing a dentist?

Not much: There is nothing that can be done that is effective and has a long term result without seeing a dentist. The broken tooth may become infected and you may want to see a dentist before this occurs. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! what do they do to your teeth during a professional cleaning?

Need doctor's help! what do they do to your teeth during a professional cleaning?

Remove deposits: Teeth cleaning is just scrubbing the teeth and scraping the deposits. Depending on your hygiene and your conditions you may need additional treatment that may involve cleaning under the gums, the dentist will be best to decide what you really need. I think you are doing great trying to get your mouth in shape. Stay well my friend, dr mokbel, www.Scdentalimplants.Com. ...Read more

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What does flossing do to benefit your gums?

What does flossing do to benefit your gums?

Get between teeth: Areas a toothbrush can't touch barbies food debris, and plaque.Flossing cleaned these areas and is essential for proper home care! ...Read more

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How does a periodontist differ from a dental hygienist?

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How does a periodontist differ from a dental hygienist?

Responsibility: A periodontist is resposible for the diagnosis, treatment, and analyzing the outcome of therapy. The hygienist is a crafty technician who helps the periodontist/dentist in carry out a part of the periodontal therapy, specifically the charting and the debridement. A periodontist will oversee and carry out any surgical procedures... ...Read more

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Dental implant. What type of dentists should I see (prosthodontist or periodontist), what to do?

Dental implant. What type of dentists should I see (prosthodontist or periodontist), what to do?

Perio vs oral sugery: Depents on the expertise of the doc. Both periodontists, oral surgeons, and occasionallly general dentists or prosthodontids do implants. ...Read more

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