Scaling is a popular dental operation used to remove calculus, which causes tooth damage and gum disease. Because this technique may leave the teeth harsh, they are polished to smooth them out.
WHY SHOULD I POLISH AND SCALE MY TEETH?
Dental plaque and calculus, which build around teeth and beneath the gums, contain harmful germs that may cause tooth decay and gum irritation. While thorough brushing and flossing may eliminate plaque, some plaque is unavoidably left behind and hardens to become calculus, which a professional dental cleaning can only remove.
Plaque, calculus, and stains will be removed with a simple scaling and polishing to restore your bright and fresh smile. This procedure also enables us to more thoroughly check your teeth for any more subtle issues, like leaking fillings or cracks, that may need our attention. If performed regularly, this is a pleasant and simple operation that will only take a few minutes but will go a long way toward keeping your oral health on track.
THE SCALING AND POLISHING PROCESS
During a typical dental appointment , the dentist will first assess your oral health before scaling and polishing your teeth.
Scaling removes plaque and tartar from the teeth and gum line using an ultrasonic cleaning tool. Plaque and tartar, if allowed to collect, can contain bacteria that may cause decay and gum disease.
Deeper cleaning using hand devices is sometimes necessary to remove tartar adhering to the root surfaces of gum-infected teeth. This will eradicate germs in the gum pockets and promote gum healing. This is referred to as Root-Planing. In such cases, a suitable local anaesthetic will be administered before cleaning to ensure maximum comfort.
After the teeth have been scaled, we polish them to eliminate exterior stains and smooth their surfaces. We may use a spinning brush with cleaning paste or an air-powder spray for stubborn stains. This results in clean, smooth, and shiny teeth that are simpler to maintain at home.
How often should I get my teeth scaled and polished?
This is determined by the individual’s dental health and lifestyle variables. We suggest six monthly checkups as a general rule unless otherwise advised by the dentist. Some of the reasons why more regular professional cleaning may be required include:
- stains from tea/coffee/wine
- Gum disease or decay in the past
- Breath that stinks
Does the equipment use to clean my teeth damage my teeth and gums?
The ultrasonic scaler we employ emits a high-pitched sound that may seem frightening to some, but it is a very mild technology. It has a rounded tip that vibrates at a frequency that removes tartar without damaging the teeth. It also sprays a cold mist of water to remove plaque and tartar.
Is it unpleasant to scale and polish?
Scaling and polishing should be painless if done regularly. The majority of people find it to be painless.
Pain might be caused by obstinate and deep tartar, irritated gums, or exposure to sensitive parts of the teeth. If the pain becomes severe, a local anaesthetic may be administered. Depending on the circumstances, we may suggest that the cleaning be spread across multiple trips.