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Scaling & Root Planing

It's more than just a cleaning.
Discover more below.

Gum Health Restoration.
Reduces gum inflammation and depth of periodontal pockets.
Tooth Loss Prevention.
Prevents the loss of teeth by addressing the underlying cause.
Enhanced Oral Hygiene.
Removes tartar buildup that regular brushing and flossing can't reach.

In a glance.

Consider When

  • You have gum disease (periodontitis) and need deep cleaning.
  • Your gums bleed easily, are swollen, or tender.
  • You have persistent bad breath despite good oral hygiene.
  • Your teeth feel loose or your gums are receding.
  • You have diabetes and would like to manage your blood sugar levels.
  • You are an active smoker and want to protect your gum health.

Consider Other Options If

  • You have had scaling or a professional cleaning within the last six months.

The Benefits

  • Significantly Reduces Risk of Tooth and Bone Loss: Protects against the damage associated with periodontal disease.
  • Reduced Blood Glucose in Diabetic Patients: Helps manage blood sugar levels for better diabetic control.
  • Protection from Caries and Decay: Reduces the risk of cavities and tooth decay by eliminating bacteria buildup.

The Drawbacks

  • The procedure can cause some discomfort.
  • Temporary sensitivity and swelling of the gums following treatment.

Learn the process.

1. Initial Assessment

Comprehensive evaluation including dental X-rays to diagnose and determine the severity of periodontitis.

2. Supragingival Scaling

An ultrasonic device is used to gently break down and remove tartar from above the gum line.

3. Subgingival Scaling

Specialized instruments are used to remove tartar and plaque build-up below the gum line.

4. Root Planing

In cases of advanced gum disease with deep periodontal pockets, the exposed roots of your teeth are carefully cleaned to remove tartar buildup that can hinder healing and cause further gum damage.

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Calculus Removal.

The purpose of professional cleaning is to remove hard deposits of calculus (tartar) and stubborn plaque that regular brushing cannot eliminate. This process involves removing these calcified deposits both above and below the gum line, as well as sometimes from the exposed roots of the teeth. This cleaning promotes gum healing, halts disease progression, and ultimately prevents tooth loss.

More than just a cleaning.

Based on scientific evidence and systematic reviews, scaling and root planing can significantly improve glycemic control and lower blood glucose levels in diabetic patients. Therefore, it should be considered as part of the overall management of diabetes.

A message from Mirage Dental Clinic.

Calculus formation is largely influenced by the composition of your saliva and varies from person to person.While regular brushing can slow down calculus buildup, it will still occur, particularly around the tooth necks and between the teeth where a toothbrush can't effectively reach. That's why professional cleanings, combined with dental checkups, should be scheduled twice a year, regardless of your oral hygiene habits.

Steps and care.

Before professional cleaning
Maintain oral hygiene and share any concerns or allergies with us.
After professional cleaing
Resume normal activities; minor sensitivity may occur but will typically subside quickly.
Brush your teeth twice daily, floss after each meal, and use mouthwash sparingly. If you usually brush after every meal, wait at least an hour and rinse your mouth with water before brushing.
Things to Avoid
Don't be overly protective of your teeth. Excessive brushing, or mouthwash use can actually be harmful.

Frequently asked.

These procedures are highly effective in managing periodontitis but should be part of a broader oral healthcare routine.

The frequency depends on your individual periodontal health. While some may need cleanings more frequently than others, everyone should have a professional cleaning twice a year.

While the procedure itself isn't generally painful, some individuals may experience mild to moderate discomfort on certain teeth.

Speak with our dentists.

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