What is Scaling?
Scaling is a procedure used to remove infected deposits like plaque, calculus and stains from the tooth surfaces. In order to prevent gum diseases or to cure it, scaling is the treatment to follow for atleast twice a year.
Scaling involves a deep cleaning of the tooth above and below the gum line in order to remove any plaque and calculus that has accumulated on the tooth. After scaling, teeth can be sensitive to extreme hot and cold for first 24- 48 hrs.
The root cause of this gum infection is plaque.
Plaque is the colorless film of bacteria that forms on the tooth. If not removed daily, it forms an acid which irritates the gum causing it to
- Become Red
- Gums even start bleeding
If plaque is not removed it hardens and become calculus / tartar (A yellowish layer around the tooth). After some time the gum around the tooth become loose and eventually the Bone around the tooth is destroyed and the tooth becomes mobile (loose).
To keep all these gum diseases at bay, we need to keep our teeth clean and free of any plaque by following a proper maintenance regime and having professional rounds of cleaning called as scaling at regular intervals.
What Are the Advantages of Scaling?
- Clean teeth.
- Healthy gums.
- Prevents further disease.
- Eliminates bad breath associated with gum disease.
What Is the Procedure of Scaling Treatment?
If the gum disease is already at the advance stage, scaling becomes an immediate procedure. There are two methods a professional dentist will use:
|Scaling and Root Planning:||Manually removing the plaque and tarter from the root surfaces of your teeth below the gum line.|
|Splinting:||This technique attaches weak teeth together, combining them into a stronger single unit, making them more stable and offering more comfortable chewing.|