Our dental hygienists are Debbie and Sandy. They will perform for you a gentle, yet extremely thorough teeth cleaning. In addition to the meticulous cleaning of your teeth, they will also take the time to help you develop proper oral hygiene habits at home. They will evaluate your hygiene techniques and make adjustments to your routine where needed.
If Dr. Karl Schneck, Dr. Victoria Nguyen, Debbie, or Sandy feel that you are suffering from gingivitis or more severe gum disease, we may recommend a root scaling. These measures can be instrumental in preventing bone loss and helping you to keep your natural teeth. If you suffer from extreme periodontal distress, then Dr. Karl Schneck and Dr. Victoria Nguyen will refer you to a gum specialist (periodontist).
Prophylaxis (teeth cleaning)
Treatment involves removing the bacterial substance known as plaque which is the principal cause of periodontal disease and calculus which is an accumulation of hard deposits on the tooth above or below the gingival margin.
The treatment involves scaling which uses hand instruments and/or ultrasonic to remove calculus, plaque, and bacteria; curettage which scrapes any necrotic (dead) tissue and cleans the area or pocket, and root planing which smoothes and contours the root surface to remove the debris and cementum found in the periodontal pocket. Medications or a special mouth rinse to help control the growth of bacteria may be part of treatment.
The success of the treatment depends in part on your efforts to brush and floss daily, receive regular cleaning as directed, follow a healthy diet, avoid tobacco products and follow proper home care taught to you by this office.
Regular professional cleanings create a clean environment in which your gums can heal, reduce the chances of further irritation and infection, make it easier for you to keep your teeth clean, and decrease the cost of replacing teeth lost due to gum disease.
You will receive a comprehensive dental examination by Dr. Karl Schneck and Dr. Victoria Nguyen which will include the following areas:
Examination of tooth decay
Dr. Karl Schneck and Dr. Victoria Nguyen will examine all of your tooth surfaces checking for decay, cracks, chips, broken fillings, discoloration, evidence of grinding or clenching. He will examine your existing restorative work to check their condition. Digital X-rays will be taken which is essential for the detention of dental problems unseen with a visual exam. X-rays can detect decay, abscesses, bone loss, heavy calculus, tumors and cysts and impacted teeth. In children, the panograph X-ray lets Dr. Karl Schneck and Dr. Victoria Nguyen know how the permanent teeth growth is progressing.
Periodontal (gum disease) examination
Your gums and teeth will be checked for the health of the tissue and bone surrounding each tooth. Our dentists will check for the presence of any periodontal disease. He will determine which type of cleaning you will need and refer you to a periodontal specialist if the need arises.
TMJ (Temperomandibular Joint) Examination
Dr. Karl Schneck and Dr. Victoria Nguyen will ask you many questions and examine your bite and bone to determine if you have any TMJ difficulties. If you suffer any TMJ symptoms, he will offer a diagnosis for your own individual problems.
Your bite will be examined and diagnosed. If there is any need for functional orthodontics, Dr. Karl Schneck and Dr. Victoria Nguyen will discuss your options with you. If you would like to have orthodontics performed for cosmetic reasons, a plan of action can be addressed. Invisalign is the “new braces” using clear retainers that are nearly if not entirely invisible while wearing them. A great alternative for the adult who doesn’t want “metal mouth.”
Call for an appointment today at 541-779-4344. We are here to give you dental cleanings in Medford, Oregon to get your teeth as healthy as possible!