If you have not visited the dentist for some time, or if you have not maintained a regular oral hygiene routine, there may be a need to professionally remove plaque and deposits from your teeth. In this case, our dentists may recommend a full mouth debridement. At Dental Specialists of Weston, we can examine your mouth and help you know if you could benefit from a full mouth debridement in Weston, Florida. If so, Dr. Llavona or Dr. Olver can eliminate the plaque from your smile so that it does not harm your smile. For more information about how we can help your smile, please contact us today at 954-349-4993.

For most people, life can be busy or even hectic. While dental professionals recommend that you visit the dentist every six months for a routine checkup, there are times when you may end up postponing your visit due to the daily things that keep cropping up. When you finally get to the dentist, our dentists may say that you need a full mouth debridement.

A full mouth debridement is similar to a traditional dental cleaning except that it is used to remove excess amounts of soft plaque and hard tartar, which happens you do not have it regularly removed with your routine cleanings. Plaque is a soft, sticky substance that sticks to the surface of your teeth and contains harmful bacteria. If it is not removed with daily brushing and flossing, it hardens and turns into tartar, or calculus. Leftover plaque also contributes to several dental issues, including gum disease. Without first removing the plaque and tartar from your teeth, it can be difficult for our dentists to determine if there is any damage to your oral health and to what extent it has developed.

Full Mouth Debridement Procedure

The procedure for a full mouth debridement is very similar to a prophylaxis, or routine teeth cleaning. During your treatment, Dr. Llavona or Dr. Oliver will use small tools, such as an electronic scaler, to remove plaque and tartar. While the process is similar to a cleaning, a full mouth debridement is more in-depth and takes longer. It clears up your teeth so that our dentists and team can properly examine and care for your teeth.

After Full Mouth Debridement

After our dentists have completed your full mouth debridement treatment, they will examine your teeth for signs of any damage or decay. In some cases, you may need to return for a second appointment for your examination, depending on how long your debridement treatment took. Depending on the health of your teeth, you may need just a traditional cleaning, or you may need additional treatment, such as a filling, root canal or gum disease treatment, such as scaling and root planing.

If you have not been to the dentist for some time, it is not too late! Visiting the dentist late is better than not going at all. No matter your situation, our team can provide you with the treatment you need. Even if it has been years since you have been to the dentist, we can help get your oral health and smile back.