Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
Scaling and Root Planing effectively removes all bacterial plaque and tartar, reduces bacteria build up, prevents gum inflammation, and facilitates teeth cleaning.
Why use prophylaxis (professional cleaning)?
This procedure requires equipment and technical expertise to successfully clean the teeth. The dentist will use specific instruments to remove bacterial plaque and tartar from the teeth. Afterwards, a polishing paste will be applied on the teeth.
What is the difference between a professional cleaning and one done at home?
Scaling and Root Planing involves clearing out and polishing in order to remove plaque, tartar, and stains. Scaling and Root Planing will not only prevent gum diseases, but will also improve the appearance of your teeth by making them clean and shine. The polished surface of the teeth will prevent plaque and food remains from building up. Professional cleaning will remove plaque, tartar, and stains on the teeth. This cleaning is carried out in the dentist’s office. After this procedure, he or she will recommend the appropriate aftercare for your teeth and gums.
What is bacterial plaque?
A film that constantly builds up, on and in between, your teeth. It is composed of bacteria, bacterial products, and saliva. The acids produced by the bacteria in the plaque will harm tooth enamel.
What is tartar?
Mineral deposits from saliva combined with the surface of the tooth form a hard, irregular and unpleasant deposit called tartar. Tartar, which is mainly a mineral, creates a hard surface that makes plaque removal more difficult. Your toothbrush or dental floss will not be able to remove tartar after its formation. Tartar can only be removed during regular dental cleaning.
How long does it take?
Cleaning can take 30-60 minutes. The procedure duration depends on tartar build-up and plaque removal.
Who can do this procedure?
A dentist or dental hygienist can carry it out. These are professionals qualified in paramedics who, under medical guidance, can help in the prevention of oral diseases.
What happens during Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and Root Planing is done using appropriate ultrasonic devices and hand instruments. In some cases, Prophy-Jet sodium bicarbonate will be used to remove difficult stains.
Does it hurt?
You will not feel any pain, but if you are highly sensitive to ultrasonic devices, it is possible to use local anaesthesia.
When should I do this treatment?
Dental cleaning should be a regular procedure to prevent tooth decay and oral diseases. It is recommended prior to teeth whitening or cosmetic treatments, such as restorations and ceramic inlays. It will remove coffee, tea, and tobacco stains.
What are the benefits of Scaling and Root Planing?
Teeth will look better, whiter, cleaner, and have more shine. Dental cleaning prevents tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontitis, among others.