How Long Does a Teeth Cleaning Take?
A dental cleaning appointment is typically paired with a dental exam. At least once per year, we like to take dental X-rays as well, regardless of whether we complete X-rays, the appointment is scheduled to take one hour. Your first visit will be about one and a half hours because when we complete a thorough review of your medical history, update your chart to reflect any work that has been previously completed, and take into account treatment plans for future needs.
Don’t get confused between dental cleanings and scalings. Scaling and Root Planing, also known as “scaling” or “SRP,” is a therapy that bears some resemblance to routine cleaning because we use similar instruments. However, the big difference is that scaling, and root planing treats a disease that has developed, requiring much more significant removal of plaque, calculus, and bacteria. A scaling appointment takes longer time than routine cleaning considerably.