Full Mouth Scaling and Polishing
This is a painless treatment with minor sensitivity where the dentist removes plaque and tartar sediments on the teeth near the gum line, to help gums reattach to the teeth. After scaling, teeth polishing is done which helps to smoothen teeth to make them look shinier.
Why do you need to do scaling & polishing?
Dental cleanings remove plaque, which is a soft layer of bacteria, food, and saliva, and tartar, which is a hard layer of calcium that has built up on the teeth over time. Calcium and other substances found in saliva help strengthen and protect your teeth. Your teeth are always in contact with saliva, which is made up of these substances. While this is good, it also means that we tend to build up calcium deposits on our teeth. This chalky substance will build up over time, just like limescale at the bottom of your kettle. Most of the time, it is white and looks like part of the teeth, but it can also be brown or black.
if this tartar is allowed to build upon the teeth, bacteria will be able to grow right next to the gums, which is not a good thing! The goal of cleaning and polishing is to make the surfaces of the teeth as clean and smooth as possible so that bacteria can't stick to them and so you have a better chance of keeping your teeth clean during your daily oral hygiene.
To remove stains caused by food (coffee/tea) or tobacco.
For this, you need to get rid of tartar or calculus. This helps you avoid the diseases that cause gums to recede and teeth to fall out. In order to be able to check for oral disease, such as decay and any cavities.
Scaling and polishing are two different things. What are the steps in each?
It doesn't hurt your teeth when special tools are used to gently remove plaque and calculus deposits without hurting them. Vibrations from the ultrasonic scaler help to break up hardened tartar that is stuck to the teeth or in between the teeth. Water is also used to get rid of the dirt. There may be a high-pitched buzzing sound coming from the scaler when it is being scaled.
Before polishing, your teeth are cleaned. This removes stains and makes your teeth feel smooth and shiny. Soft rubber cups are used to polish. In this case, a special paste-like substance is scooped up into the cup and spun around on the teeth.To get rid of stains and plaque and soft debris from your teeth, your dentist sprays you with air and water mixed with sodium hydrogen carbonate powder. It might taste a little salty.
Does it hurt to have your teeth whitening?
Most people don't find cleanings painful, and they don't find the sensations above to be unpleasant. Many of our patients say that they enjoy getting their teeth cleaned and that they love the way their teeth feel afterward. If the experience is less pleasant, this could be because there is exposed dentine or root surface (not dangerous, but it can make cleanings a little more sensitive), or there are infected gums.
What is the difference between teeth whitening and scaling & polishing?
Having dark-staining foods like coffee, tea, red wine, or tobacco can make your teeth turn yellow over time. Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that makes the teeth look whiter. This procedure removes dental plaque, tartar, and stains that are on the outside of the teeth. Scaling and polishing is done to remove these things. Scaling and polishing cleans your teeth, preventing and reducing the severity of gum diseases, which can be very bad for your teeth and gums. Teeth may look whiter after they have been cleaned and polished. This is true even if there are many stains on the outside of the teeth. Internally yellow teeth will not change after they have been cleaned. This is because the yellow colour comes from inside the tooth, not the outside.