Scaling and Polishing (Teeth Cleaning)
Medically called Prophylaxis or periodontal instrumentation, teeth cleaning involves tooth scaling and polishing using advanced dental devices and instruments. It is preventive care treatment where tartar or calculus and mineralized plaque are removed from deep periodontal pockets. A dental hygienist /dentist brushes and flosses the entire area, even out-of-reach parts. Once the root surface is cleaned of tartar, it is smoothed or polished to remove bacterial growth. The importance of scaling and polishing are as follow:
Plaque and tartar buildup is an everyday occurrence, even if one brushes their teeth twice a day. The bacteria inside the mouth react with the saliva’s starch and calcium to create an acidic environment.
The acid stains the teeth and tends to damage the enamel and teeth roots over a period. The bacteria can invade the gums to create periodontal pockets. It leads to the deposition of calculus and plaque on the teeth surface, roots, and bags.
Despite the wide range of benefits of scaling and polishing, several known risks are associated with this procedure. Some of them are gum recession, tooth sensitivity, swollen gums, root bleeding, root cavity, tender gums, and eating restrictions.
Signs and Symptoms
The dentists recommend scaling and polishing under the following conditions:
The dentist inspects the teeth to identify decay and issues with the enamel. Usually, no imaging is required before the treatment.
Treatment Options at 7DMC
At our dental clinic, we ensure the top safety of patients. Our dental experts carry out the process in the following steps:
Our experts will also advise you on following routine oral hygiene procedures to reduce the formation of tartar and plaque.
Doctors recommend scaling and polishing every 6 months to keep your teeth glossy and healthy. However, some patients may accumulate buildup faster. So, before you have periodontal issues, it is recommended to visit a dentist.