Scaling and polishing is the most common dental procedure requested by patients.

Benefits of treatment.

The main benefits of the treatment is in its ability to

  • prevent the onset of gum disease in healthy mouths,
  • maintain gum health in patients who have had previous episodes of gum disease, and
  • attain a more attractive, stain free smile,
  • combat bad breath as it removes the hardened deposits that houses the bacteria which produces foul smelling by products.

What will the dentist do?

The procedure will usually entail the initial use of an electronic scaler to remove hardened deposits on the tooth surface known as calculus or tartar. This  is followed by the application of a rotating rubber cup with a slurry mix of fine grit powder or paste on the surface of the teeth to remove soft deposits (known as plague) and external stains. Recalcitrant stains (commonly found in heavy smokers) can be gently removed using a high pressure water jet that is mixed with fine grit salt particles.

How long will it take?

The average treatment time is approximately 30 minutes.

What is the experience like?

You should expect the process to be fairly “wet” as water is used to cool down the vibrating scaler tip, carry away debris and vehicle to carry the polishing powder. The dental assistant helps you to stay “dry” by using the suction tip to evacuate water and debris during the procedure. You may experience mild sensitivity (especially if you suffer from receding gums) and bleeding from inflamed areas of the gum (caused by the tartar deposits).

What are the risks?

It is a very safe, low stress procedure for most people.