Scale and Polish

HomeScale and Polish
A simple cleaning yet comprehensive procedure carried out by a dentist. The SC482143 treatment normally has two steps associated with it. Firstly, a scraping action to remove the build-up of plaque and tartar around the teeth. This is known as the scale. This is normally done by using an Ultrasonic Scaler. The instrument has a sharp tip and often emits a jet of water – both perfect for removing plaque and calculus. Sometimes these stains can be stubborn so may require some extra work and treatment. In these cases, the dentist also has manual instruments at their disposal which allow them to access harder to reach areas. Once the dentist is happy that your mouth has been descaled to the best possible standard you will next experience the polish. This is essentially a clean of your teeth but it is done in a very professional way.

Deep Clean/Root Planing

Anyone that needs to have a deep clean will already have gum disease that is quite advanced. Whilst a routine hygienist cleaning will clean around the teeth and gum line, a deep clean, or root planing, is used when the bacteria has become a problem further down the tooth, sometimes reaching the root of the tooth and the surrounding bone tissue. To clean these areas requires a more invasive procedure that often requires a local anaesthetic. It is sometimes also carried out over a number of visits to limit the discomfort for the patient.

To clean these areas, the parts of the affected teeth between the gums have to be accessed. This may mean that the gums have to be pulled away, or sometimes cut away from the teeth a little, so that the dentist can access the roots.  Once the anaesthetic wears off, there will be some residual soreness and possibly some bleeding too from the gums. You will be given aftercare advice on how to look after the affected area to allow it to heal speedily and effectively.

If you would like to book an appointment to have this treatment or if you would like to have a gum health check and find out how you can improve your oral health care, please call our Ipswich dental clinic today on 0141 887 9270.

Why is a scale and polish necessary?

Throughout the day, a sticky film of plaque builds up on your teeth. This sticky substance is full of bacteria and it is turned into an acid when it reacts with the sugar in our food. Plaque can be removed by brushing your teeth twice a day, but the problems lie in those hard to reach areas. When plaque builds up over time, it hardens into a substance known as calculus or tartar. As this is a harder substance, it’s harder to remove with brushing alone, which is where the scale and polish procedure comes in.

Does the scale and polish procedure hurt?

No, the scale and polish procedure shouldn’t hurt, but you may feel some unusual sensations in your mouth. This might include a scraping sensation or a tickling feeling in your gums. A numbing gel can be used if you are very nervous about any dental pain. If you are nervous about the scale and polish being painful, then speak to the receptionist when you book your appointment and they will be able to let your dental hygienist know.

How often should I have a hygienist treatment?

We would recommend a scale and polish treatment every six months in order to prevent the build up of plaque on your teeth.

Some people will require the treatment less frequently, so provided you are visiting your dentist every six months they will be able to tell you if you need a scale and polish.

Some people like to have a scale and polish after an orthodontic treatment, while others will have a scale and polish to get their teeth and gums in top shape before a dental implant procedure.

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