White fillings, also known as composite resin fillings, are usually used for filling cavities or for bonding the front teeth. White fillings have come a long way in terms of aesthetics and comfort. During this dental procedure the dentist will remove the infected part of the tooth and fill it with the white, composite resin. An ultraviolet light is then used to harden each layer until the filling resembles a real tooth. New white fillings usually need to be replaced every 7 to 10 years.
A deep cleaning may be recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits have developed below the gum line. Deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing, involve a two-part process: first, the stubborn deposits are removed, and then the root surfaces are smoothened. A deep cleaning helps prevent periodontal disease and restores gum tissues to a healthy state.
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Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease can be quite serious, but gums don’t always get the attention they deserve. To prevent gum disease it is important to brush and floss regularly, and of course get regular dental cleanings. If plaque, a sticky film filled with bacteria, forms on your teeth it can infect your gums and cause periodontal disease. Gum disease treatment includes pocket reduction procedures, soft tissue grafts, and crown lengthening. The first step, however, is scaling and root planning (SRP). During this procedure the dentist will remove plaque and tartar from the root surfaces underneath the gums. A local anesthetic is used during this procedure.