Full Mouth Scaling and Polishing refers to a process where our dentists clean and remove stain, plaque and calculus build ups around teeth and polish them to make sure the gums and teeth heal and regrow where they were damaged. The process uses a specialized cleaning instrument called an Ultrasonic Scaler. A very small scaling tip is connected to the scaler and vibrates at ultrasonic speed to break away any and/or all hard build ups. This process prevents severely destructive dental problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis which are the main culprits for multiple caries and loose teeth also causing gaps between them.
Commonly Asked Questions
- Is the treatment painful?
although most people prefer getting the treatment done without anesthesia, there are some cases which are more severe and require anesthetics to be given before treatment. However, once the treatment is done, there is barely any need for pain killers.
- What are the side effects of Scaling and Polishing?
side effects of Scaling and Polishing include sensitivity of the teeth for a period of one week to two weeks. It varies from person to person and the severity of the condition for which this treatment was advised and some patients do not even feel any sensitivity. Irritation in the gums is also another side effect which resolves in a matter of days.
- How often should I go for Scaling and Polishing?
Our Dentists’ recommendations for Scaling and Polishing are as follows:
No Systemic or Dental Condition = 1 Year
b. Diabetics and Smokers: 6-8 Months depending on the condition
- I have heard that scaling and polishing causes gaps between teeth and make them weaker!?
Contrary to popular belief, this is a myth that almost every dentist has heard from their patients. The gaps between the teeth is not caused by a single to double visit treatment but because of the hard calculi deposits building up in years between their teeth and also due to periodontitis. Once the calculi are removed, patients will notice a gap between the teeth. After scaling and polishing, the gums begin to regrow and cover most of the area if the loss is minimal. If the loss of gums and bone is very extensive then our dentists guide the patients towards rehabilitation.