Debridement is a term that’s used by healthcare professionals in different specialties. It means the removal of dead, infected, and unwanted tissue. A person with a long-standing ulcer, for example, might need debridement to remove dead tissue and allow proper healing.
At Designer Smiles in Coral Springs, FL, we rely on debridement for different reasons. Debridement in the dentistry world is related to a professional dental cleaning. We perform dental cleanings every day for patients who are here for their regular checkups. They’re routine procedures and usually take less than 20 to 30 minutes.
Debridement is the removal of built-up plaque and tartar on teeth. Many people end up with plaque and tartar despite their best efforts of maintaining a healthy oral cavity. As food and bacteria accumulate, they can harden and coalesce to form plaque and tartar.
It’s impossible to remove them at home using the tools available to you. Debridement can only be done at the dentist using certain tools and an expert hand. While debridement is one of the simplest procedures in dentistry, it shouldn’t be attempted by a person without training.
Dentistry recommendations advise people to visit their dentists every six months or twice a year. Even if you and your family feel perfectly fine, it’s always a good idea to go for a check-up to make sure everything is well and good. It’s during these visits that we perform a dental cleaning. We might feel it necessary to perform them at a different time or during a visit for another reason too.
There’s nothing you can do to prepare for debridement. It’s simple, painless, and takes a few minutes. It’ll all be over in no time, and you can drive yourself home afterward. There are no special instructions after the procedure, either.
We always recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once. This should minimize or even prevent the formation of plaque and tartar. It also lowers your risk of getting dental cavities and other dental problems.