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A Hygienist can see you to provide Oral Hygiene Advice and to remove stains, bacteria deposits and other debris. In relation to gums, the Hygienist can advise you on the progression of Gum Disease, but more advanced conditions need to be assessed by a Dentist, and the Hygienist is then able to continue treatment under the prescription of the Dentist.
Dental Hygienists cannot diagnose or give the prognosis (the likely outcome) of diseases such as decaying and broken teeth, or prescribe antibiotics, painkillers or any other drugs to alleviate symptoms.
Visits to the Hygienist are therefore not a substitute for full dental examinations by a Dentist and if the Hygienist advises you to see a Dentist, it is because they feel that it is in the interest of your health, it is outside the scope of what they are allowed to do, or that are uncertain about treating you without further advice.
There are very rare circumstances when a Hygienist cannot start treatment, and before they are prepared to continue, insist that a Dentist assesses you first. These may relate to your Medical History and general health, or the condition of your mouth, which gives them concern.
Aftercare is vital if you are going to have a long-lasting, successful Implant: Just like your natural teeth, you need to care for and clean your dental Implants to prevent plaque and bacteria that form around an Implant causing inflammation known as peri-implantitis. Daily cleaning of all the surfaces above and below the gum-line is therefore very important.
Cleaning around the teeth attached to the Implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth, however, there may be areas that are difficult to reach and a visit to one of our Hygienists every 2-3 months is critical in Implant maintenance to ensure a professional clean and guidance on the best way to maintain your individual Implant(s) at home.