Posted on 5/25/2018 by Edelweiss Dental Implant Center
Scaling is done on the outside of the teeth and under the gum line to ensure that any plaque buildup is completely removed from the outside of the teeth.
When a person goes for long periods of time without a professional cleaning, this buildup begins to spiral out of control and can lead to serious oral health complications, including, but not limited to, gum disease. This is why scaling is so important.
Scaling and Your Oral Health
Scaling is something that is done during a routine dental cleaning, which is typically every six months. Ideally, you want to have your teeth cleaned professionally twice a year.
During the process a scaler is used to scrap away plaque that has hardened into tartar from the teeth and the gum line. This process in and of itself can help to reduce the risk of gum disease and other oral conditions.
Scaling can also be used prior to any major dental procedures to help minimize the risk of complications or infections. So, if we recommend a cleaning, including scaling, prior to a dental procedure, there is nothing to worry about.
While some people fear that the process of scaling will hurt, we ensure that our patients mouths are numb before the we even begin scaling. This means that the entire process will end up being virtually painless.
The reason we recommend scaling is simple. By removing the plaque, tartar, and calcium deposits that have accumulated on teeth and near the gum line, your gums can begin to heal. Without proper scaling, your gums will have an increasing difficult, uphill battle to climb when it comes to repairing any damage or recovering from an oral injury.
If you would like to know more about scaling and how we can use it to help you, contact our office today and we will happily answer all of your questions for you.