Teeth Scaling & Teeth Polishing
Scaling or prophylaxis is the procedure of removing calculus (tartar), plaque and stains from the teeth. Tooth scaling is part of professional tooth cleaning.
Polishing of tooth surfaces is used to make these surfaces smooth which makes it more difficult for plaque and debris to accumulate on your teeth that causes decay or gum disease. Polishing is a preventive procedure used as a first-line defense against dental problems.
Procedure for Teeth Scaling and Teeth Polishing Treatment
When scaling and polishing is done,essentially this is a deep clean of your mouth. A special tool is used to get rid of the hard build up of calculus (tartar) then follow up by giving the teeth a thorough polish. The areas concentreated on are just below the gum line, behind your teeth and in the gaps in between them, as these are the regions commonly missed when we brush our teeth. Scaling and polishing helps prevent gum disease.
Teeth scaling and teeth polishing may be done by :
General dentistry involves professional checkups and cleaning in maintaining teeth and gums so that they remain healthy for a life-time. The main streams under general practice includes:
- Dental scaler is a stainless steel instrument with sharp edges that is used in removing tartar and calculus from teeth and gumlines
- Dental polishing brushes that rubs and cleans teeth surfaces stains in polishing and restoring the shine in teeth
Tooth Scaling and Tooth Polishing Cases
Air polishing is a procedure which uses air and water pressure to deliver a controlled stream of specially processed sodium bicarbonate or glycine powders through the handpiece nozzle. This pressurized jet of air, water and powder removes surface stains, plaque and other soft deposits such as food particles trapped in between the teeth.
Photo source from Dr M Rouobach, E.M.S Switzerland taken from http://new.ems-company.com/
Air-scaling by Air-Flow is a procedure to remove calculus (tartar), soft deposits (plaque) and stains from teeth done either supra or subgingivally to remove agents that can cause inflammatio such as plaque and calculus, helping the tooth’s supporting tissues to be free of disease. Plaque, a mixture of bacteria, minerals and food leftovers, irritates the gums, or gingiva, and causes inflammation over time. Plaque soon hardens into calculus, which no longer comes off by brushing or flossing
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