Cleanings & Hygiene

Routine Cleanings (prophy)

Gingivitis – a painless gum infection that affects most adults to some degree. This is our main target for patients who receive a routine cleaning. As there are many different people in the world each person has unique and specific needs for their dental care. The necessary cleaning recommendation will be discussed with you at your initial visit.

Peridontal Cleanings (deep scaling/cleaning)

This occurs when a gum infection grows past the gum tissue and into the bone that holds our teeth in place. The infection maintains the same painless nature of gingivitis. The damage caused however is much more severe. With professional dental care this infection can be halted and healed so that teeth are often maintained. Left alone periodontal disease will lead to permanent tooth loss.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT ANY DENTAL FILLING, CROWN, PROSTHETIC ETC…IS A WEARABLE ITEM. NOTHING IS PERMANENT NOR LASTS FOREVER. DR RIGGS WILL ATTEMPT TO MAINTAIN ANY RESTORATION FOR AS LONG AS PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE.

Click the tabs to see brief details of the procedures listed. Further information can be sought at the American Dental Association website (www.ada.org).