Plaque and tartar can cause a variety of dental diseases such as gingivitis, gum disease and dental decay. Plaque can be removed by tooth brushing and flossing, but tartar can only be removed using professional dental instruments. Scaling and polishing routinely once or twice annually improves oral health by removing plaque and tartar from the teeth. Surface stains from coffee, tea, red wine or tobacco use are also cleaned away during polishing.
Scaling does not require the use of local anesthetic (injections to numb the teeth) but can be used if the teeth are sensitive. Scaling is performed using an ultrasonic tip, which vibrates at high frequency to remove tartar, and hand instruments to remove tartar below the gums. A little discomfort may be experienced if the cleaning is done slightly below the gum line. After scaling, we will polish off your teeth with a rotating rubber cup (similar to an electric toothbrush) and polishing paste containing fluoride for a clean feel.