What is Deep Cleaning or Scaling
Dental scaling is a deep clean, which goes below the gums in order to clean any debris and decay away from the teeth in order to fill a cavity, address gum disease, or perform a root canal. Cleaning below the gums helps reduce gingivitis and periodontal disease.
How does scaling differ from regular dental cleaning
When you have your regular checkup and cleaning that cleaning cleans to the gum line; scaling however, goes below the gums. Scaling is used for periodontal disease treatment.
How is the scaling procedure done?
There are two ways to do dental scaling.
- Your hygienist can use hand held tools to scrape away tartar, films, and plaque from your teeth as well as below the gum line.
- An ultrasonic instrument that uses a vibrating tip that is combined with water spray; the tip loosens the plaque and the water flushes it away.
The scaling procedure can be uncomfortable especially if your gums are tender. If you are worried that it may be painful or uncomfortable for you speak to your dentist about a local anesthesia to make the procedure a little more comfortable for you.
This deep cleaning may take more than one visit in fact up to four visits; especially, if you have gum disease. Many dentist will do areas of the mouth, you can ask to have it all done in sitting but remember it will make your gums tender.
After the procedure
After the procedure your gums and mouth may be tender and sore. You need to perform proper brushing and flossing to keep food particles and tartar from building up on your teeth and under your gums to prevent decay and gum disease. The dentist may suggest a mouth rinse to help aid you in your efforts.
If you would like to know more about scaling visit Brooklin Village Dental Care.