When teeth and gums are healthy, most people don’t give them much thought. Sometimes they require extra care. At Metcalf Dental, we provide scaling and root canals to help restore and maintain your oral health.
What Is Scaling?
Scaling is a common dental procedure that removes plaque buildup below the gum line. Think of it as deep cleaning for your teeth. Dentists use two different methods.
A dentist or periodontist might remove buildup with a hand-held scaler and curette, using touch to find tartar and plaque. Ultrasonic scaling involves using a vibrating mechanical instrument that chips away buildup and a water sprayer to rinse away material as he removes it.
With both methods, the dentist typically numbs your gums with local anesthesia, so you stay comfortable the entire time. You can have your whole mouth cleaned in one visit, or the dentist may recommend cleaning a portion at a time. You may experience some tenderness after the procedure, but your gums will quickly return to a firm, healthy pink.
Why Patients Need Scaling
Buildup happens inside every mouth. Saliva, protein and bacteria coat teeth with a thin layer that food particles stick to. That buildup becomes plaque. Bacteria thrives in buildup and causes gum disease, and as gums deteriorate, plaque buildup gets worse. When patients have more plaque than a standard cleaning will remove, dentists recommend scaling.
Signs You Need Scaling
Gingivitis causes your gums to swell and bleed easily. They may appear red instead of pink and look swollen. When it’s not treated, it can become periodontitis, a more advanced form of gum disease. Gums recede and leave pockets that hold infection. Your immune system’s response to that infection can break down the bones and tissues that hold your teeth in place. Here are some of the signs of infection.
- Bad breath that lingers even with regular brushing
- Tender, swollen or bleeding gums
- Pain when you chew
- Sensitive teeth
- Teeth that appear larger due to receding gums
- Teeth that feel loose
People with gum disease are more likely to have other health problems like heart disease or high blood sugar. Good oral health is a vital part of an overall healthy lifestyle.
At Metcalf Dental, we want you to love your smile. Our staff is committed to helping patients achieve and preserve oral health for life. Call us at (630)368-1007 or Submit Form to Schedule an appointment today.