Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
For most patients, basic preventive care such as checkups and cleanings is covered 100% by insurance. In-depth periodontal (“deep”) cleaning may be covered in part between 50%-80%, depending on your coverage. We will be sure to confirm your benefits and help you understand your insurance coverage to make the most of the coverage you’re owed.
Most patients want to know how often they should visit their local dentist! The truth is that it can depend on your overall oral health and wellness. However, the American Dental Association recommends visiting your trusted local dentist every six months. This helps our team diagnose problems as they arise and give prompt treatment recommendations to keep your oral health on track.
No, we strive to make sure cleanings are a comfortable experience for our patients. Your cleaning is handled by a trained dental hygienist who gently yet thoroughly cleans, polishes, and flosses your teeth. Patients who have gingivitis may experience some discomfort, tenderness, or bleeding. However, you can prevent the discomfort caused by gingivitis by attending regularly scheduled checkups and cleanings.