A dental cleaning is part of oral hygiene and involves the removal of dental plaque from teeth with the intention of preventing tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease. People routinely clean their own teeth by brushing and interdental cleaning. Our dental hygienists as part of their general dentistry procedures can remove hardened deposits not removed by routine cleaning.
This general dentistry procedure is commonly performed when there is a “cavity”. In the past, the cavities were filled with mercury, but now a white material called resin is used. These fillers can be made to create a healthier and more attractive look of your molars or simply to fill a cavity.
A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth and a general dentistry procedure. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including dental caries that has destroyed enough dental structure to prevent restoration. Extractions of impacted wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make room for orthodontic treatment.