Dental Hygiene is an important aspect of modern dentistry and ensures the longest possible conservation of the own teeth. Combined with appropriate personal mouth hygiene, regular professional teeth cleaning will make a life without tooth prostheses possible.
The success of dental treatments depend a lot on regular professional dental hygiene.
Even if you take excellent care of your teeth, we recommend that you have your teeeth cleaned professionally at least once per year as dental calculus is always adsorbed.
Dental calculus may lead to parodontitis if not removed regularly. Dental calculus can not be removed trough mechanical cleaning, i.e., with a toothbrush and toothpaste, but always requires professional cleaning by your dental hygienist. A dental hygienist will always have
- ultrasonic instruments
- special cleaning instruments
at his disposal enabling him to remove dental calculus thoroughly.
The cost for professional tooth cleaning depends on the dedicated time and are charged per five minutes. The dedicated time in turn depends on the extent of the dental calculus and any discolorations of the teeth.
During an appointment at your dental hygienist the following will be carried out:
- Thorough removal of tooth deposit (plaque)
- Thorough removal of dental calculus
- Thorough removal of discolorations
- Inspection of the gums
- Measurement of teeth deepness
- Inspection of the teeth (with x-ray photographs every two years)
- Tooth polishing followed by a fluoric treatment
- Briefing on mouth hygiene
Ultrasound has taken a vital role in everydays medicine a long time ago. Ultrasound for example is used for early examinations during a pregnancy. In modern dentistry ultrasound is used in the following areas:
- Dental Hygiene For the removal of dental calculus and the cleaning of toothpockets
- Preserving Odontology For the preparation of small fillings
- Preserving Odontology For the insertion of inlays
- For the professional cleaning of prostheses
The principle of ultrasound is rather simple: a metallic work head is put in oscillation in a frequency range of about 8000-45000 hertz.
The removal of dental calculus and plaque is effected by mechanic interaction of the swinging work head and the surface of the tooth. Due to the strong vibrations ultrasonic instruments tend to heat up and are therefore cooled with water. Instead of water a bactericidal active solution may be used in order to further decrease the number of bacteria.
In the context of ultrasonic instruments it is important to note that they can have an impact on cardiac
pace makers. Especially older models are vulnerable to the impact of ultrasonic instruments and may become disfunctional. Should you have a pace maker you should in any case indicate this in our physical health questionnaire under the section "General Medical Questions, Miscellaneous".