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Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who work alongside dentists to help prevent and treat oral health problems. They typically perform a wide range of tasks related to dental hygiene.

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Why might you need it.

You might need to see a dental hygienist for a variety of reasons related to your oral health. Here are some common reasons why you might need to see a dental hygienist:

  1. To prevent tooth decay and gum disease: Dental hygienists provide preventive care, such as cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants, to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
  2. To treat gum disease: If you have gum disease, a dental hygienist can perform deep cleanings, called scaling and root planing, to remove plaque and tartar buildup and promote healing of the gums.
  3. To diagnose and treat oral health problems: Dental hygienists can help diagnose oral health problems, such as cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer, and provide treatment recommendations.
  4. To improve oral hygiene: Dental hygienists can educate you on proper brushing and flossing techniques and provide tips on how to maintain good oral hygiene at home.
  5. To prepare for dental procedures: If you are planning to have a dental procedure, such as a filling or crown, a dental hygienist may perform a preliminary cleaning to prepare your teeth and gums.

Overall, seeing a dental hygienist is an important part of maintaining good oral health and preventing oral health problems. If you have any concerns about your oral health or need preventive care, be sure to schedule an appointment with a dental hygienist at Excellence in Dentistry dental practice.

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The Procedure

The dental implant procedure is a multi-step process that involves several stages. Here is a general overview of the steps involved in getting dental implants:

  1. Consultation and examination: The first step in the dental implant procedure is to consult with a dentist or oral surgeon who specializes in dental implants. The dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
  2. Treatment planning: If you are a good candidate for dental implants, the dentist will create a treatment plan that outlines the number of implants needed, the type of implant, and the location of the implants.
  3. Implant placement: The next step in the dental implant procedure is the placement of the implant into the jawbone. This involves a minor surgical procedure in which the implant is inserted into the bone and left to heal for several months.
  4. Abutment placement: After the implant has fused with the jawbone, a small connector called an abutment is placed on top of the implant. This allows the replacement tooth to be attached to the implant.
  5. Replacement tooth placement: The final step in the dental implant procedure is the placement of the replacement tooth or teeth. This may involve attaching a single crown, a bridge, or a denture to the implants.
  6. Follow-up care: After the procedure, you will need to attend follow-up appointments with your dentist to monitor the healing process and ensure that the implants are functioning properly.The dental implant procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, and most patients experience little to no pain during the procedure. However, it is important to follow your dentist’s instructions for aftercare to ensure that the implants heal properly and last for many years.


Aftercare following a dental hygiene appointment with a dental hygienist at Excellence in Dentistry dental practice may include:

  1. Continuing good oral hygiene practices: It is important to continue brushing and flossing regularly at home to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent plaque and tartar buildup.
  2. Eating a healthy diet: A balanced diet can help keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong.
  3. Drinking plenty of water: Drinking water helps to rinse away bacteria and food particles from the mouth and keeps the mouth hydrated.
  4. Avoiding tobacco use: Tobacco use, including smoking and chewing tobacco, can increase the risk of oral cancer and other oral health problems.
  5. Scheduling regular dental checkups: It is important to schedule regular dental checkups every six months or as recommended by your dentist to maintain good oral health.

Following any specific instructions from the dental hygienist: If the dental hygienist provided any specific instructions or recommendations, be sure to follow them carefully to ensure the best possible outcome.

Overall, following these aftercare instructions can help maintain good oral health and prevent oral health problems in the future.