Gentle, Thorough Cleanings in Melbourne
Effective, high-tech protection against gum disease
The fight to save your teeth for life begins with your gums. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States.
Furthermore, gum disease can negatively affect not just the health of your gums and teeth, but of your body too. Scientific research has proven that gum disease is very closely connected with many other diseases, including diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease.
So what’s the secret to successfully fighting gum disease? Good oral hygiene. We make sure you get a very thorough yet gentle cleaning, along with instructions on proper home care of your teeth. We want to help you keep your teeth clean so you’ll avoid the need to battle gum disease. And if you do have gum disease, our knowledgeable dentists and hygienists will help you win the battle.
Gentle, thorough teeth cleanings
Arguably, the most important visits you may ever make to the dentist are routine dental cleanings. Teeth cleaning is the first step in the prevention of gum disease and the foundation for good oral health.
Our gentle hygienists have over three decades of combined experience. Periodontist Dr. Lee Sheldon has personally trained all of our hygienists. So when you visit us, you can expect gentle, thorough cleanings by well-trained, experienced professionals who care about your good oral health.
We put a strong emphasis on educating patients about improving their oral health. Our experienced hygienists offer professional gum disease prevention counseling. Teaching you how to properly floss and brush to prevent gum disease is something they will actively work on with you on a personal basis. We’ll also take the time to counsel you on dentistry-related nutritional counseling and supplementation.
Our friendly hygienists are very thorough and gentle in their cleaning. One of their high-tech tools is the fully-adjustable ultrasonic scaler that can be reduced in intensity in sensitive tooth situations. To make your cleaning even more comfortable, our hygienists are certified in giving local anesthesia. We also use a special formulation of local anesthetic that will completely numb your gums without the use of injections.
Mild to moderate gum disease treatment
Scaling and root planing is the first treatment for mild to moderate gum disease. It is also known as deep cleaning. Scaling is the removal of tartar from your teeth. The procedure is performed by the hygienist using an ultrasonic scaler that gently strips deposits from your teeth and roots through the use of sound waves.
Our hygienist then carefully planes the root surfaces to avoid future tartar buildup. Smooth root surfaces permit your gums to regenerate without irritation. The gum tissue shrinks and tightens around the teeth, since the irritant has either been eliminated or reduced.
Severe gum disease treatment
Dr. Sheldon focuses on minimally invasive Perioscopy treatment, using a tiny camera that is inserted into the periodontal pocket, and has helped many patients overcome even the most aggressive gum disease without the use of surgery. Click here to learn about treatment for severe gum disease.