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Okanagan Periodontics is a specialty dental practice with a focus on the prevention and management of periodontal diseases and conditions, with expertise in cosmetics, reconstruction, and dental implant surgery. Dr. Steven Faigan, and the Okanagan Periodontics team have been providing state-of-the-art, premium periodontal and implant therapy since 1994.
The Difference Between a Periodontal Hygienist and a Dental Hygienist
You are likely familiar with the role of a dental hygienist. When you visit your regular dentist for a routine appointment, a dental hygienist will care for your teeth by carefully scraping off hardened plaque, then gently flossing between your teeth, and finishing off with a polish. If the dental hygienist notices signs of gum disease, they will measure the pockets in the gum that surround the teeth. When those pockets reach a certain depth, your dentist will refer you to the periodontist.
A periodontal hygienist typically works alongside a periodontist in a periodontal clinic, such as Okanagan Periodontics. He or she has specialized training and experience to clean teeth and gums with deep gum pockets and other gum disease symptoms. A periodontal cleaning, also called perio-maintenance, requires specific instruments for cleaning hardened plaque and calculus deep under the gumline. Periodontal hygienists are also trained to perform scaling and root planing, a periodontal procedure that cleans and removes plaque from the tops of the roots of your teeth. Scaling and root planning uses local anesthesia to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.