Seeing a dentist for dental scaling in Toronto is very important. Scaling and root planing is a procedure that removes plaque and buildup from the teeth, and just below the gums. If plaque is allowed to stay on the surface of your teeth and gum line, it can cause swelling, irritation and gingivitis. Scaling removes bacteria, debris and plaque from the areas where a toothbrush or a floss cannot reach.
Why is scaling important?
Plaque is a natural substance on the surface of your teeth. When that plaque combines with other substances like food debris and bacteria, it hardens and forms tartar. Bacteria causes plaque to stick to the tooth, and then the food debris makes it harden. Once plaque has formed, it can cause irritation to the gums. If it is left untreated, it can spread on down below the gum line and cause your gums to recede. This can cause damage to supporting bone structures. Eventually, the tooth can become loose, and can even come out.
How is dental scaling different from cleaning?
Dentists use special instruments to remove tartar from teeth. A single tool sprays water during the procedure and this washes away the debris and helps keep the same temperature in the mouth. Then the dentist uses hand tools and scrapes away smaller pieces of tartar. Then he will polish them using another tool and use a special paste to smooth the surface of the teeth. This is a dental cleaning.
Scaling is recommended if the dentist sees you have gum disease. Dental scaling in Toronto is a way to treat gum disease without a surgical procedure. Scaling is different from regular cleaning because it is cleaning the teeth below the gum line. Most of the plaque that causes gum disease lies just below the gum line.