What do you see when you look in the mirror at your smile? Is it something that you can feel proud of and unhesitatingly flash at friends, coworkers, and loved ones? Alternatively, do you feel more than a little bit of shame by superficial stains and discolorations on the surface of your teeth? Your teeth may start to show stains and yellowing due to buildup on them, but a procedure known as dental scaling can help remove this hardened material on your teeth.
When we see a patient who has buildup on their teeth, we here at Tieken Smiles Dentistry often recommend scaling to help remove it and keep your teeth shiny, white, and healthy.
What Happens During a Dental Scaling?
Dental scaling is a much more intensive type of dental cleaning. When you brush and floss your teeth at home, you are successfully removing a certain degree of buildup, but stains and hardened plaque (known as calculus) can linger. That is why you need to schedule appointments with us every six months for cleaning with dental scaling.
Dental scaling is not just about keeping your smile attractive. It can also help prevent gum disease. Gum disease occurs when the plaque on your teeth remain on the surface long enough for the bacteria to start attacking your gums and your teeth. These bacteria can accumulate in a filmy, sticky residue called plaque. If you do not remove it regularly, it can release acids and toxins that will lead to infection. This infection is known as gum disease. You can prevent gum disease by brushing and flossing regularly and getting a dental scaling with us.
During a dental scaling, we may reach for our manual scaler or an ultrasonic scaler. The manual scaler is like a little metal hook that we will carefully rub against your teeth to remove all of the calculus and surface stains. An ultrasonic scaler is also quite effective and can hum along at between 25,000 to 45,000 pulses per second.
While we are cleaning your teeth with our scaler, we will also use the aid of our small mirror to help us monitor our work. We will also have a suction hose in your mouth to help remove any accumulating saliva in your mouth and debris that we successfully remove. If we are using an ultrasonic scaler, we may also be irrigating your mouth in a process known as lavage. Not only does that rinse away debris, as well, it also keeps the ultrasonic scaler from getting too hot.
In addition to running our scaler across the surface of your teeth, we will also work it up underneath your gumline. For our patients who have sensitive teeth and gums, we can offer you a local anesthetic to help you from experiencing any discomfort. Scaling underneath your gum line can help reduce the depth of any existing gum pockets and help prevent the progression of any gum disease.
We Can Help
If you would like to learn more about dental scaling and how it can benefit you, or it has been longer than six months since your last checkup and cleaning with us here at Tieken Smiles Dentistry, please give us a call today at (281) 942-0444!