Keeping the teeth clean and healthy is essential in maintaining optimum oral hygiene. Thousands of microbes are present in our mouths, and they continuously multiply at all times. Despite brushing and flossing twice a day, you may notice your teeth turning dull in color or dark patches forming on them. These are the plaque and tartar deposits that are composed of microbes and can have a significantly harmful effect on your teeth and gums.
What is the solution?
No matter how well you brush your teeth, removing the tartar deposits from the surface of the teeth is very difficult. Hence, visiting a dentist to get your teeth cleaned is the best way to get rid of the tartar deposits. The dentist performs scaling and root planing procedures, which are known to improve one’s oral health and also reduce the severity of oral conditions such as gum diseases, tooth decay, bad breath, etc.
How are scaling and root planing performed?
When you visit us for a routine cleaning session, we will visually examine the teeth. We also use certain dental equipment to get a better view of all the faces of every single tooth to spot the tartar deposits. Next, an ultrasonic scaling tip is used to dislodge tartar. The scaling tip vibrates at ultrasonic frequencies and helps to remove the adhered microbes. A jet of water is coupled with the scaling device to wash away the debris.
When the gum tissues have loosened near the gum line, food particles could enter through them and get accumulated in the deep gum pockets. Over time, this can cause tartar buildup on the roots and result in gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Hence, the tooth roots will have to be cleaned as well. A hook-like scaling tip is inserted in between the gums and tooth roots. The tartar will be scraped off, and the uneven root surface will be smoothened out to avoid the microbes from getting deposited. As the procedure can be painful, local anesthesia will be administered to prevent pain and discomfort.
We recommend patients visit their dentist at least once every six months to get their teeth and gums examined. The dentist will conduct a few tests, clean the teeth, and suggest how best to care for them.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (408) 371-1070 to have a consultation with any of our Los Gatos Dental Group dentists, and we will be happy to help!