Scaling and Root Planning is a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and tartar from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. This process is broken into four visits - one for each quadrant of your mouth. After all quadrants are done you will have a full mouth cleaning followed by an oral exam with Dr. Spivey to evaluate your periodontal health. Typically patients then alternate their re-care visits with their general dentist.
Patients who have been diagnosed with periodontal disease or who have had surgical intervention and would benefit from co-managed care between their general dentist and Dr. Spivey are welcome to have their periodontal cleanings at our practice. We work closely with your general dentist and will update their records with a comprehensive periodontal charting annually, any radiographs we have taken, and with reports from all your visits.
Digital radiography utilizes computer technology and digital sensors for the acquisition, viewing, storage, and sharing of radiographic images. It offers several advantages over the older traditional film based methods of taking x-rays. The most significant of these advantages is that digital radiography reduces a patient’s exposure to radiation. Other benefits are that images can be viewed instantly after being taken, can be seen simultaneously as needed by multiple practitioners, and can be easily shared with other offices. Digital x-rays are also safer for the environment as they do not require any chemicals or paper to develop.
An electronic pad, known as a sensor is used instead of film to acquire a digital image. After the image is taken, it goes directly into the patient’s file on the computer. Once it is stored on the computer, it can be easily viewed on a screen, shared, or printed out.
Oral Sedation means that you will be given a prescription for an oral medication prior to you appointment. Taken at the recommended time before your appointment, this medication allows you to fully relax by the time your procedure begins. When receiving oral sedation, a patient must have an escort on the day of the procedure to drive them to and from the oral surgeon’s office.