Low-Cost Teeth Cleaning and Evaluations
Most dental professionals and insurance providers recommend receiving a proper dental cleaning one to two times per year, and you can receive your low-cost tooth cleaning and evaluation in Costa Rica at Dental Coto to ensure your optimal oral hygiene health. Without insurance, a full teeth cleaning in many countries can be quite expensive due to the tedious process and the high markup of operating a business and purchasing dental tools. Even with insurance, the remaining co-pay can be more than some expect, and, prior to meeting a deductible, the full cost of the treatment may be expected by some providers. At Dental Coto, however, you can find exceptional dental professionals who utilize equipment and materials made in the United States or Europe and are able to operate the clinic at a significantly lower cost, making dental treatments, procedures and evaluations more affordable for you.
What is the process of a tooth cleaning and evaluation?
The purpose of a regular tooth cleaning and periodic evaluation is not only to fully remove plaque, tartar and surface stains from the teeth that have accumulated but also to carefully check for problem areas beneath the noticeable surface of the teeth. General oral hygiene and maintenance calls for daily brushing and flossing of the teeth, which aids in reducing buildup and staining, but a professional cleaning will be able to clean more deeply and improve your hygiene health. When undergoing the periodic evaluation of your visit, you will both a detailed visual examination and either bitewing x-rays or a full 360 degree panoramic x-ray. Prior to this taking place, you will be provided with a protective vest to serve as a guard from the small amount of radiation involved. Both types of x-rays are utilized to check for tooth shifting, cavities, weakness within any crowns or other dental fixtures, recession of any gum tissue or bone structure, TMJ or deterioration of the teeth. Your dentist will tediously review the results of the x-rays and advise on any findings. If any concerns arise or problem areas are found, the team will recommend a treatment plan to resolve those. For the visual component of the evaluation, the dentist will carefully look over your lymph nodes, face and neck to observe any possible signs of disease noted by signs of abnormalities or tenderness to the touch. After this, any internal components of your mouth will be examined, including your lips, gums and tongue. The dentist can recognize symptoms of disease or illness that you may not notice and can even detect early signs of oral cancer, cardiovascular issues, sinus problems, diabetes and more. Knowing that your dentist has your overall health in mind is a significant relief, and you can rest assured that this is the case with the renowned professionals at Dental Coto.
During your cleaning process, a hygienist or dentist will remove hard calculus from the surfaces of your teeth through a process called scaling. In cases that the plaque is more abundant, an electronic scaler may be utilized to take off larger pieces of the tarter. Next, the team will complete the polishing process, which involves another device that is similar in appearance to an electric toothbrush. When tooth polishing occurs, the smooth texture that results on the surface of your teeth makes it more difficult for plaque to build up and live there. Additionally, the teeth receive a fresh, shiny look after having any surface stains removed, and you will feel a significant, smooth difference within your mouth. After your mouth has been sufficiently cleaned, the dental team may recommend receiving a fluoride treatment. This aids in strengthening the enamel of your teeth, which is an important component of fighting decay and deeper staining. The process involved in the fluoride treatment will either be swishing with a fluoride rinse or for the hygienist to apply a topical gel to your teeth. Typically, flavor choices of the solutions are available to make the experience even more pleasant, and, after a quick and easy application, you’ll avoid eating for around an hour to allow the solution to set in.
Tooth cleaning and evaluative treatments are a vital piece of maintaining your dental health, and, with the exceptional quality of cleanings and exams in Costa Rica, you will be on your way to your best smile. Contact our team at Dental Coto today to schedule your appointment or learn more!