Visiting your dental hygienist for regular cleanings at our Surrey dentist's office is an important part of the long term health of your teeth and gums.
Cleaning & Appointments
At Hanin Dental Surrey, our dental hygienists care for the oral health of our Surrey patients through routine dental cleanings.
It's important to visit your dental hygienist at least once every six months, or as prescribed by your dentist, to maintain optimal oral health.
At-home oral hygiene is also very important for maintaining a healthy smile.
During your appointments at our Surrey office, our dentists and hygienists provide you with detailed instructions on proper brushing and flossing techniques
We'll make sure you know everything you need to about keeping your teeth and gums healthy!
During your hygiene appointment, our team will also perform various diagnostic examinations, such as standard oral examinations, x-rays and oral cancer screenings.
After your Surrey dentist reviews the results of the above exams and has a complete understanding your specific oral health needs, a customized treatment plan will be developed to meet them.
Hanin Dental Surrey always puts patients' needs first. We'll listen to your concerns, and work with you to create an oral health plan that works for you.
Gum Disease & Your Health
What is gum disease?
Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is one of the most common diseases among Canadians. Gum disease can occur in spite of our very best efforts in maintaining oral health.
Regular professional dental examinations are often the only way to discover if an individual has early gum disease, because at first it often doesn't present any apparent symptoms.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Symptoms of gum disease include the following:
- Sore gums
- Swollen gums
- Red or purple gums
- Receding gums
- Bleeding gums
- Persistent bad breath
How is gum disease treated?
Depending the severity of your gum disease, you may require gum therapy treatment, which comes in a variety of forms.
Scaling & Root Planing
To plane the roots of affected teeth, a special instrument is used to remove hard deposits and to smooth the surface of the roots. This allows the gums to reattach to the teeth as they heal and reduces the pockets that lie between the gums and teeth that trap bacteria.
Scaling, usually done in conjunction with root planing, removes plaque, calculus (calcified deposits on the teeth,tartar), and stains from the crown of the tooth to the root.
When you have periodontal disease, this supporting tissue and bone is destroyed, forming “pockets” around the teeth. Over time, these pockets become deeper and collect even more bacteria, which results in further bone and tissue loss.
Surgical pocket reduction procedures are recommended in these cases because the pockets are too deep to clean with daily at-home oral hygiene and a typical professional cleaning. During this procedure, the gum tissue is folded back, and the disease causing bacteria is removed. Then, the tissue is secured back into place.
Gum Tissue Grafts
Sometimes gum disease can result in gum recession. Exposed roots are unappealing, highly sensitive and can leave you at risk of developing cavities on your tooth root. Soft tissue grafts and other root coverage procedures are designed to cover exposed roots, to reduce further gum recession and to protect vulnerable roots from decay.
Dental lasers can be used following initial scaling of the teeth and roots to selectively eliminate diseased tissue, while leaving healthy tissue intact.
The laser can also eliminates bacterial tissue toxins and in some cases, and has proven to delay the re-population of certain bacteria. This bacterial reduction often results in significant pocket reduction and a decrease of bleeding on probing.