How long will my cleaning appointment take?
Your semi-annual cleanings are part of an overall preventive program to keep your teeth healthy. At Mill Creek Dental Health Care, we customize each patient's oral health treatment plan based on their unique needs.
The purpose of a cleaning is to get rid of the plaque and tartar that collect on your teeth. While your toothbrush can eliminate most plaque, tartar can only be genuinely cleaned by a hygienist using specialized instruments.
If your mouth is generally healthy or you have early onset of periodontal disease (gingivitis), routine dental cleaning at our Mill Creek dentist office is usually enough to protect your dental health. However, more advanced cases of periodontal disease may require a deep cleaning treatment called scaling or root planing.
What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?
During this procedure, your hygienist gently scrapes away all plaque and tartar on the surface of your teeth and below the gum line. She then smooths the root surfaces of your teeth to help the gum reattach to the tooth.
We are also pleased to offer our patients the option of laser dental cleanings. The procedure is fast and comfortable and provides quicker recovery times. If you are interested in laser cleaning, please talk to your hygienist to learn more.
If you haven't had a dental cleaning in a while, or you would like to learn more about our dental procedures, please call our Mill Creek, WA dentist office today!