Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) in Red Deer AB

What is GBT (Guided Biofilm Therapy)?

Guided Biofilm Therapy uses advanced tools to remove biofilms or bacterial deposits from the surface of teeth. The plaque is located, making removal easier.

Traditional methods used manual (hand-held) and electronic (ultrasonic) instruments. GBT uses AIRFLOW (r) technology to deliver deeper cleaning without touching the teeth or gums.

Image Dental is proud to offer GBT to its patients.

Experienced GBT provider in Red Deer, Alberta

What can a patient expect from the GBT procedure?

  1. Evaluation of your teeth and gums

    A dental exam and an assessment of oral cancer are the first steps. Your dentist will inspect your dental appliance or work. Soft tissue in the mouth must be healthy to qualify for GBT.

    After the procedure, rinse your mouth with pre-procedural oral rinse. It reduces the amount of bacteria in your mouth, and helps to minimize aerosol contamination.

    Wearing a retracting device will also separate your cheeks and lips from your teeth. Your dental team can now see your mouth and gain easier access.

  2. Location of the biofilm

    The EMS Biofilm Remover is then applied by your dentist or hygienist.

    The dye will colour the area where the plaque is located, which can be used as a guide for cleaning. The plaque can be difficult to see with the naked eyes if it is colourless.

    By using precise markers to reveal the location of biofilm, you can avoid missing areas that require cleaning. The dye is also removed when you remove the plaque.

  3. Understand the condition of your teeth

    The dye will reveal areas that are difficult to clean.

    You can see photos of your mouth taken by the dental team to help you understand why this procedure is so important. You can see the difference in your mouth after cleaning.

    You can be motivated to work with the team if you understand what is involved and see their positive results.

  4. Applying AirFlow (r) Max

    AirFlow(r), a dental hand piece, is used to clean and polish teeth. It can remove deposits as deep as 4 mm under the gumline.

    Even those with braces or dental implants can benefit from this product. You can use it to clean your tongue.

    AirFlow(r), can clean deep grooves, orthodontic brackets, misaligned or crooked teeth, and the margins beneath the crown. AirFlow(r) is minimally invasive, which preserves dental work, soft tissues, and natural tooth structure.

    AirFlow(r), Classic Comfort Powder is used for stubborn stains, like those from tobacco and coffee.

  5. PerioFlow(r), a deep pocketing tool

    The PerioFlow (r) can remove calculus from pockets of gum as deep as nine millimeters. It's a handheld periodontal device that works similarly to the AirFlow(r).

    The tip is specialized to reach deep pockets. Its gentleness prevents any sensitivity. The dentin and cementum are protected by its minimal invasiveness.

    Dentin is the layer below the enamel. It is softer. The cementum is a layer covering the root of the teeth.

  6. Get rid of the remaining calculus

    Next, clean pockets deeper than 10mm and remove calculus as deep as 3mm below the implant.

    This step is performed using Piezon(r). Ultrasonic tips, dynamic response and other features help remove tartar in a safe and effective manner.

    The Piezon(r), a gentle dental cleaning tool, allows for a pleasant experience. It can remove 95% of the biofilm above and beneath the gumline, removing the need for multiple instruments.

  7. Final Evaluation

    Guided Biofilm Therapy makes it possible to see these areas.

    During the quality control phase, your dentist will target them. The dentist will remove the calculus from your teeth and fluoridate them. The initial steps are designed to clean and polish teeth simultaneously.

    Your dental team will also take a photo of your smile to compare it before and after treatment.

  8. Discussion of follow-ups

    You and your dentist will discuss the frequency of follow-up appointments based on your risk assessment. You can also discuss any concerns that you have with your dentist.

    You can avoid unnecessary dental visits by keeping up with your dental cleaning appointments. Healthy gums and teeth require less work which reduces the amount of time spent in the chair.

    Every six months or every two years, dental visits should be scheduled. Some people are at a higher risk of developing tartar or decaying teeth. They may need to visit more often. It's the same for people with orthodontic appliances or dental conditions like gum disease.