Dental scaling is a helpful procedure that should be undertaken by people with gum disease and excessive plaque build-up. Its main job is to reach below the gum line to remove excessive plaque build-up. For this reason, scaling reaches much deeper than a regular surface clean.

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What is it?

This deeper way of cleaning the teeth and gum area is commonly referred to as scaling and root planing, and it works effectively at treating and preventing gum disease and build-up of hard calculus. This maintenance treatment should be used by people who are developing or have gum disease. This treatment is effective for tackling milder forms of gum disease, though, as more advanced periodontitis will need more specialised treatment such as a full mouth disinfection course. If you believe you require this treatment, speak with your dentist during your subsequent check-up. It’s important for your dentist to fully assess your situation before recommending treatment.


The procedure

The procedure can be slightly uncomfortable, but it is quite simple to complete. If you are worried about pain or discomfort, please bring this up with your dentist before treatment begins. A local anaesthetic may be used to ease any pain or discomfort for patients with more sensitive gums. In general, the procedure aims to remove the plaque build-up from the teeth and just below the gumline. This can be done one of two ways, depending on the dentist’s preference.

The dentist may use a specialist instrument, a curette, to aggravate the dental plaque from beneath the gum line. This is done by inserting the specially-designed tooth in the area between the gums and teeth. This is an area that cannot be reached with a standard toothbrush. In comparison, an ultrasonic instrument can be used to scale the teeth too. This will feature a metal tip, to chip any hard calculus away, and a cool water spray, which will flush out the gum pockets.

Part of the treatment of scaling includes root planing too. Root planing, similar to scaling, involves a deep clean of hard to reach areas. It aims to smooth out the tooth’s roots to promote the patient’s gums to reattach properly. Both combinations of treatment work well together in promoting healing gums and preventing the development of gum disease.


After the treatment

As has already been mentioned above, scaling and root planing can be uncomfortable for the most part. Post-treatment, this can lead to swelling or bleeding for a few days. It is an important part of the overall treatment that the patient has a follow-up appointment after the initial treatment. This will allow your dentist to assess how well your gums are healing.

Your dentist will give you the appropriate after-care advice. Furthermore, the dentist will provide you with a supply of chlorhexidine, which can be used as an antiseptic mouth rinse to be used daily. This is crucial as it will promote healing gum