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This is a consultation and evaluation with our Hygiene Therapist. A hygiene therapist is more qualified than a simple hygienist and is able to carry out more advanced treatments and assessment.
Our therapist usually follows a prescribed Treatment Plan as outlined by the referring dentist or Periodontist. This will have been based upon your comprehensive assessment with the dentist.
The hygiene therapist then carries out a further evaluation to facilitate the treatment in the right direction. The fee for this consultation is £125.
Follow-up appointments are necessary to make sure that your treatment remains stable and free from infection. What questions are we frequently asked?
Hygiene Therapist Assessment includes:
- Medical History check. Certain factors in your medical situation may enhance gum disease. These can include pregnancy, diabetes and diabetic medication, and immunosuppressant cases. It is important to have advice on how to maintain your oral health as well as body health.
- Plaque Index. This is a measurement of the percentage of teeth with a plaque on them. We measure all visible surfaces of teeth.
- Bleeding Index. This is a measurement of the areas of your mouth that have inflamed gums that easily bleed when touched. Healthy gums should not bleed in this manner. We are able to obtain a percentage measurement.
- Gum measurements called 6 Point Pocket Chart (6ppc). This will help us to check to what extent the various parts of your mouth are infected. We can also check for healing when comparing results measured on different days.
- Mobility Assessment. Here the check for looseness of any teeth. Mobile teeth are given a Grade from 1 to 3. These teeth have lost much of their attachment to the bone.
- Vertical and horizontal bone loss. This is examined using radiographs (X-rays) that help to understand the depth of infection involved. Most of these radiographs will have been taken during Treatment Planning with the dentist.
- Check of Oral hygiene. The hygienist will be able to provide you with oral hygiene advice according to your dentition.
- Check for any detrimental habits. If you have any personal habits that are causing damage to your teeth and gums, the hygienist will discuss these with you and find possible solutions.
- Check of previous hygiene treatment. It is always healthy to compare treatment done previously with your current situation so that we can see if you are progressing or
- Check of Dental Restorations. The hygienist will look to make sure all your dental fillings and restorations are all smooth and that these teeth are easy to clean. If teeth have overhangs or are rough then they may attract plaque.
- Diet Advice. This is important to prevent bacteria or acid from your diet causing further damage to your teeth via decay or erosion. Find out more.
Depending upon the outcome of the above assessments and prescribed Treatment Plan from the dentist, the Hygiene Therapist will carry out advice and gum treatment. Are you a nervous patient?
Hygiene Therapist treatments include:
- Taking of radiographs (X-rays) as and when necessary
- Oral hygiene advice
- Diet advice
- Superficial cleaning of your teeth without local anesthetic.
- Polishing of your teeth
- Deeper cleaning of your teeth with or without local anesthetic depending on the individual case.
- Fissure Sealants
- Small fillings
- Teeth whitening treatments
- Any other prescribed treatment.
For more information on our hygiene consultation, give us a call today on 01992552115.