Teeth Cleaning in Honolulu
At Dr. Derek Takai’s office in Honolulu, HI even the way we do our dental teeth cleaning is different. We pride ourselves on creating the ideal treatment for you and your aloha smile, and that means maximum comfort and effectiveness in a minimum of time. We use the latest advances in dental technology, a gentle approach to our patients, and a teeth cleaning treatment that actually leaves you with a brighter smile!
Derek Takai DDS and his dental staff take your comfort seriously. With so many honolulu dentists to choose from, we stand apart by offering the absolute best treatment and experience possible. Our teeth cleaning procedure is simply the best.
About Our Teeth Cleaning Procedures
Comprehensive Dental Exam
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial visit. This thorough evaluation may include the following:
- Oral Cancer screening: Evaluation of face, neck lips, tongue, throat, tissues and gums for any signs of oral cancer
- Examination of dental x-rays: Necessary for comprehensive detection of decay, bone loss, cysts, tumors and infection.
- Examination for tooth decay: Tooth surfaces checked for decay
- Examination of existing restorations: Check the integrity of existing restorations for recurrent decay and/or fractures
- Gingival (gum) evaluation: Check the gingiva and bone surrounding teeth for any signs of Periodontal disease.
Digital x-rays are computer generated images that can be seen immediately. The biggest benefit with providing digital x-rays to our patients is that it requires up to 90% less radiation that conventional film x-rays
In Office Dental Cleaning
Dental cleaning, also known as “prophylaxis” is the removal of biofilm and tartar. Biofilm and tartar may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult to reach during routine brushing. Prophylaxis includes tooth polishing, flossing and scaling by a dental professional; usually a hygienist. This involves the use of various instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth. As to the frequency of cleanings, each patient is evaluated on a case to case basis.
Bi Annual Routine prophylaxis
For healthy mouths, your dental professional recommends having a prophylaxis and examination every six months with dental X-rays as needed (usually on an annual basis). This type of cleaning may be performed using hand instruments and an ultrasonic scaler. Surfaces include the entire crown of the tooth above and below the gum line. Depending on how quickly biofilm and tartar accumulate in an individual, routine prophylaxis may be performed on a tri-annual or quarterly basis.
Extensive “Debridement” Cleaning
This type of cleaning is usually performed when there is heavy biofilm/tartar covering most surface areas that it impedes the dentist from completing a comprehensive evaluation. In most cases, this is necessary when a patient has not had a professional cleaning in more than a year. This type of cleaning may require a longer appointment or two visits and is usually performed using an ultrasonic scalar and hand instruments.
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
This type of cleaning is more invasive and is necessary in moderate or advanced stages of gum disease when bone loss/pocketing has occurred. In cases such as these, tartar has formed deep down onto the root surface. Most often, anesthesia is administered for patient comfort and is performed in quadrants and will usually require one-quarter of the mouth to be done at a time. Scaling and root planning is usually performed using ultrasonic scalars and hand instruments.
Following a scaling and root planning procedure, patients are seen every 3 to 4 months for continued evaluation and management. Cleanings performed during periodontal maintenance include removal of biofilm and tartar from the entire crowns of teeth (above and below gum line) as well as site specific scaling and root planning if necessary. Anesthesia may or may not be needed during these appointments. Laser therapy may also be indicated full mouth or in select areas in order to reduce the bacterial load in deeper pockets.