When scheduling your appointment, it is useful to know how long a teeth cleaning Toronto is likely to take. The answer will depend on how long it has been since your last teeth cleaning and how well you take care of your oral hygiene.
The Average Appointment Length
If you’ve been receiving regular dental cleanings, your appointment will likely last around 30 minutes. Those with sensitive teeth or a fear of the dentist can expect a slightly longer appointment, as your dental hygienist will work slower to minimize discomfort. If it’s your first dental cleaning in a few years, your dental hygienist may spend more time scraping plaque and tartar from your teeth. This can cause the teeth cleaning take up to one hour.
Does It Hurt?
Many people are concerned that a cleaning will be painful, but unless your teeth are sensitive, you’re unlikely to feel much. There’s usually no need for pain medication. However, if you have a fear of visiting the dentist, sedation may be an option.
What to Expect
The cleaning process uses a few different tools, including a polisher or ultrasonic instrument, a scaler, and a device to shoot water at the teeth. Your dental hygienist will begin with the polisher or ultrasonic instrument to knock the surface pieces of plaque from your teeth. The scaler then scrapes away the more difficult plaque. The water device keeps your mouth clean throughout.
If you have a heart condition or have received heart surgery, you must let your dentist know before a teeth cleaning. You may be at risk for a endocarditis. Your Toronto dentist will advise you on whether you need to take antibiotics before your cleaning.
We offer teeth cleanings as part of your routine dental checkups. Come to 1200 Lawrence Avenue East to receive both.