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How do you remove dental cement from teeth?

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Regardless of whether dental cement is left from orthodontic work or from the placement of a restoration, it should always be removed by a dental professional. Dentists and dental hygienists have scalers, burrs and drills designed to remove excess cement remaining after a procedure. Dentists can also check for residue in surrounding spots as well as the subgingival area.

According to Susan S. Wingrove, RDH, residual cement can be challenging to remove from the subgingival area or beneath the gum line. Removal of cement from the area aids in preventing such issues as gingival bleeding or inflammation of the soft tissue.

Ms. Wingrove adds that knowing the latest techniques for removing the residue can prevent problems with soft-tissue healing. She states that examining the oral cavity for excess cement involves the use of dental tape. If the floss becomes frayed when it is used, it is an indicator that residual cement is present. Use of a radiograph and a titanium scaler can also be helpful when inspecting a spot for residue.

Ms. Wingrove explains that, in some cases, a local or topical anesthetic may need to be applied before any excess is removed. Debriding is usually accomplished with a titanium scaler. Using a scaler is less traumatizing to the surrounding tissues and effectively cleans away the debris when short horizontal strokes are used.


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