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What Does A Dental Hygenist Do
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 9 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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