When you go in for a dental checkup at our clinic, you will receive a professional cleaning. If we notice any signs of gum disease, we will perform a deep cleaning, also called scaling.
Why Do You Need a Professional Cleaning?
No matter how well you brush, it is impossible to clean your teeth perfectly. Some plaque will remain, turning into hard tartar over time. It is important to remove this tartar before it can have a negative effect on your teeth and your overall health.
Removing plaque and tartar from your teeth reduces your risk of cavities, prevents gum disease, and improves your breath. It can also enhance your smile by cleaning stains, which may avoid the need for whitening. Regular cleanings help you avoid serious health problems, including heart disease and stroke.
What Is Scaling?
Scaling is much like a professional cleaning, except it removes plaque from below the gum line. We use a combination of manual hand instruments and ultrasonic instruments to remove the maximum amount of plaque.
We often combine scaling with root planing. This involves smoothing out the surface of the root where it has become rough. This treatment prevents plaque from building up again.
Your gum tissue may be sensitive, especially if gum disease has progressed. In these cases, we will provide you with a local anesthetic to numb your gums. If you already had sensitive teeth before the procedure, we will recommend a desensitizing toothpaste to prevent further discomfort.
Unlike cleanings, we often recommend multiple scaling treatments over the course of a few months. This will help rid your mouth of the disease. If your gum disease has already progressed to periodontitis, scaling will be the first stage of your treatment.