A beautiful woman is smiling after prophylaxis (teeth cleaning)

What Is Prophylaxis Treatment?

Prophylaxis is another word for professional teeth cleaning performed by a dentist, periodontist, or dental hygienist. Drs. Peter Cabrera and Bahareh Sabzehei are pleased to provide this service for new and returning patients. The teeth are thoroughly cleaned during this treatment to remove plaque and tartar. For patients who have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, this treatment may be done more regularly to clean the teeth and gums and fight the bacterial infection that is present. During an evaluation with our team, we will often provide teeth cleaning before evaluating the patient for further treatments.

Why do I need prophylaxis?

Dental cleanings are vital to keeping the smile healthy. Even though patients brush and floss after meals at home, they may not get all the food and plaque off the teeth each day. That can build up and lead to hardened areas such as tartar and calculus. With the help of a dental professional, this build-up can be removed with specialized dental cleaning instruments available at Perio Implant Chicago.

What are the reasons for undergoing prophylaxis teeth cleaning?

There are a few reasons why patients will consider working with our periodontal team to evaluate and clean the smile. Some of the benefits of prophylaxis include:

  • Plaque and tartar removal
  • Aesthetic appearance
  • Fresher breath (halitosis treatment)
  • Identification of coexisting health issues

What steps are involved in prophylaxis treatment at Perio Implant Chicago?

This treatment can be performed during a routine visit or with a local anesthetic when patients are undergoing other procedures with our team during the same appointment. The steps involved include:

  • Supragingival cleaning
  • Subgingival cleaning
  • Root planing
  • Medication administration
  • X-ray imaging
  • Physical evaluation

Discuss your need for plaque and tartar removal with our team at Perio Implant Chicago

Dr. Peter Cabrera and Bahareh Sabzehei are periodontists who believe in providing patients with a wide range of solutions for the smile, including prophylaxis. If you are seeking treatment for halitosis or are just overdue for a professional teeth cleaning, call (312) 736-7959 to request an appointment at our practice. Our office is conveniently located at 939 W North Ave., Ste. #700, and is open to new and returning patients.