Scale & Polish

What is a scale and polish treatment?

Synergy Dental clinics also offer scale and polish appointments, which are often undertaken by a dental hygienist and target plaque and tartar build up, the leading cause of gum disease. By scaling down the tartar, the procedure can prevent the onset of disease and infection, leaving the mouth feeling healthy and bacteria-free. The full mouth polish will then leave teeth smooth and fresh.

The treatment process

A scale and polish often only requires one 10 to 15 minute session, but those fighting mild cases of gum disease may require further sessions to ensure all plaque and tarter is removed. At the initial consultation, your dentist will advise as to how many sessions you require.

During the session itself, the cleaning takes place on and around the teeth, above the gum line. This means that there should be no pain or tenderness felt during the session, but those with more sensitive gums may feel the treatment more than others.

After your session, your hygienist will discuss effective tooth maintenance, such as the correct brushing technique. Maintaining your teeth between sessions will prevent the build up of tartar and help protect teeth from the onset of gum disease.

How often should I have a hygiene session?

Dental CleanDuring a dental consultation, your dentist will advise you on the number of hygiene visits you require. Those who frequently suffer from gum disease or experience rapid tartar build up will require a session every 3 to 6 months.

If you miss a hygiene appointment it is highly recommended that you book another session as soon as possible. Although some patients only require hygiene treatments once each year, higher risk patients may encourage the onset of gum disease without the proper dental maintenance. This can lead to Advanced Gum Disease if left untreated and may result in the extraction of an infected tooth if the disease begins to spread.

Stain removal

Although a scale and polish session will remove light stains, many stubborn tooth stains, such as tobacco or wine stains, could require further treatment if they are to be removed. Professional whitening sessions are often the most effective treatment for stubborn stains, and this can be discussed with your dentist during your consultation.

Synergy scale and polish prices

A simple scale session costs £20 as part of the Synergy band 1 treatment or £25 for non Synplan patients. A scale with stain removal and polish, including the removal of smoking, tea, coffee and red wines stains, costs £50 per session.

You can pay for your check ups and stain removal appointments spread over 12 months at the cost of £11.99 per month by joining our Synplan Membership which also entitles you to Free Teeth Whitening too!

By Dr Zuber Bagasi