If you have a difficult case of gum disease, your dentist may recommend a dental procedure called dental scaling.
Dental scaling is the most common non-surgical way to treat gum disease, or periodontitis.
If you have severe periodontal disease and your condition requires gum surgery, your Preston dentist may recommend scaling and root planing before the surgery, as well as a thorough teeth-cleaning before the scaling and cleaning procedure.
The bacteria-filled plaque that causes gum disease tends to gather in the area along and just below the gumline.
If your gums are slightly receded from your teeth, you are at increased risk for gum disease and your Preston dentist may recommend scaling.
Scaling is non-surgical, but it is a different type of procedure from a regular dental cleaning because it involves cleaning the areas of the tooth along and below the gum line.
There are two types of scaling tools, and some dentists or dental hygienists use both:
Scaling with hand-held tools. Your Preston dentist or periodontist will use a dental scaler and curette to remove (scale) the plaque from the teeth manually.
Because the dentist can’t see the plaque, they rely on touch to identify areas of tartar buildup and rough spots.
Scaling with ultrasonic instruments. Ultrasonic scaling instruments remove plaque from the teeth using a vibrating metal tip that shaves off the tartar, and a water spray to wash it away and keep the tip cool.
During the procedure, your Preston dentist will numb the gums and tooth roots with local anaesthesia, but teeth scaling and root planing cause minimal discomfort.
Your dentist will use specialised tools to remove the hardened deposits of plaque build-up (tartar) from the teeth both above and below the gum line.
Root planing is smoothing rough areas on the roots of the teeth that contribute to the formation of gum disease by trapping and holding bacteria.
The whole procedure may be performed in a single visit, although generally a quadrant (1/4th of the mouth) or half of the mouth is recommended to be treated per appointment.
After a scaling and planing, you can expect that your gums will be numb from the anesthesia and then possibly a little tender.
But if you maintain a consistent oral health routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing, your gums should quickly regain a firm, healthy, pink appearance.
At Preston Supreme Dental, we offer you the dental services and care you deserve. We provide a wide range of dental services for patients who reside in Preston and the surrounding areas.
Take advantage of our GAP FREE General Check-up, Scale and Clean, X-rays and Fluoride treatment (with any health insurance) for new patients only.
For more information about oral hygiene practices, call us on (03) 9478 7708 or visit us at 243 Murray Road in Preston.
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