COVID-19: Office Updates

Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

Understanding the Basics of Dental Debridement

Posted on 8/10/2020 by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry
Understanding the Basics of Dental DebridementDebridement is somewhat of an official welcome back party that we throw in our offices for people who haven't visited a dentist in a long time –probably several years. During that time, the patients' teeth must have become heavily colonized by advanced levels of plaque buildup that might prevent us from properly examining their teeth. With debridement, we can remove any hardened build-up of tartar to unravel the actual condition of your teeth's health.

During the procedure, our dentists carefully work through the contours of your tooth and gum using an ultrasonic device and scaling tools to dislodge thick layers of plaque from the teeth and gums.

Our Debridement Process

There are basically two types of plaque buildup that our dentists focus on during our debridement process. First is the supragingival plaque, which grows on the surface of the gums and teeth, and the other is the subgingival plaque, which develops below the gum surface and is much harder to reach.

For people who're sensitive to pain, our dentists will first apply a local anesthesia or some form of sedation like nitrous oxide. If you've been putting off a dentist appointment because you're afraid of pain, the anesthesia will put out that fear and numb all pains during the dental procedure.

Our dentists utilize a combination of non-invasive scaling tools and an ultrasonic device to tackle both supragingival and subgingival tartar buildup. The operations of the ultrasonic device are also non-invasive and painless. The device dislodges tartar using water and high-frequency vibrations. The entire process can be long and arduous, but it usually doesn't take more than a single dentist appointment.

The Follow-Up

Debridement is usually a preliminary procedure we use to prime our patients for a more comprehensive examination. Subsequent visits after the debridement will help us determine if any further dental procedures are required to restore your teeth to optimal health. Visit our offices today for a deep-cleansing, painless, and non-invasive debridement procedure.

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3244 Sunset Blvd
West Columbia, SC 29169-3428

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