Why we need Dental Cleaning/Scaling?
Everyone experiences some form of plaque build-up. The saliva, bacteria, and proteins in your mouth form a thin layer that covers your teeth at almost all times. When you eat, tiny particles, acids, and sugars from the food stick to this film, creating a build-up on the teeth known as plaque. The bacteria that lives in this plaque can cause gum disease and tooth decay. If you have healthy gums, the tissue will fit tightly around the tooth and keep plaque out. However, if gum disease begins to form, this tissue will loosen.
Healthy gums attach to the tooth just 1 to 3 mm below the gum-line. With gum disease, you’ll begin to develop deeper pockets. These can fill with plaque, worsening your problems and causing symptoms like bad breath. If you have pockets of 4 mm or more, your dentist will probably recommend dental scaling to remove the plaque beneath the gum-line and help treat the gum disease.
Tooth Scaling and Rooth Planing
Dental scaling is also known as dental cleaning involves the careful removal of plaque bacteria from the tooth’s surface just below the gum-line. Your dentist will use an ultrasonic instrument to scale your teeth. This features a vibrating metal tip combined with a cool water spray. The tip chips tartar away as the water flushes out the pocket. Dental scaling is typically followed by a procedure known as root planing. Root planing reaches deeper to address the surface of the tooth’s root. This is done in the same manner as scaling. Root planing smooths the surface of the root so the gums can reattach properly.
What does Scaling Feels like?
Dental scaling can be uncomfortable, particularly if you have sensitive teeth. Your dentist may offer a local anesthetic to numb your gum tissue and make the procedure more comfortable. Speak with your dental care provider about your options for desensitizing the area if you’re concerned about pain or discomfort during the process.
Your mouth may feel sore and sensitive after your dental scaling and root planning. Some patients may experience swelling or bleeding for a few days following the procedure. Your dentist may suggest a desensitizing toothpaste to help ease this discomfort. You might get a prescription mouthwash to use after the procedure, as well, to help keep the gums clean. It’s crucial that you use proper brushing and flossing procedures after your scaling to stop plaque from forming again in the same areas. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings will help remove the plaque and prevent more serious problems.