Scaling and Cleaning
If you have a difficult case of gum disease, your dentist may recommend a dental procedure called dental scaling.
Dental scaling is the most common non-surgical way to treat gum disease, or periodontitis. This treatment removes plaque and tartar from your teeth and helps your gums recover.
If you have serious periodontal disease and your condition may require gum surgery, your Doncaster East dentist may recommend scaling and root planing before the surgery, as well as a thorough teeth-cleaning before the procedure.
The bacteria-filled plaque that causes gum disease tends to gather in the area along and just below the gumline.
If your gums are slightly receded from your teeth, you may be at increased risk for gum disease and your Doncaster East dentist may recommend scaling.
Scaling is non-surgical, but it is a different type of procedure from a standard dental cleaning because it involves cleaning the areas of the tooth below the gum line.
Types of Dental Scaling Tools
There are two types of scaling instruments, and some dentists or dental hygienists may use both:
Scaling with hand-held tools. Your Doncaster East dentist or periodontist will use a dental scaler and curette to remove (scale) the plaque from the teeth manually.
Because the dentist can’t see the plaque, they rely on touch to identify areas of tartar buildup and rough spots.
Scaling with ultrasonic instruments. Ultrasonic scaling instruments remove plaque from the teeth using a vibrating metal tip that chips off the tartar and a water spray to wash it away and keep the tip cool.
During the procedure, your Doncaster East dentist will numb the gums and tooth roots with local anaesthesia, but teeth scaling and root planing cause minimal discomfort.
Your dentist will use specialised tools to remove the hardened deposits of plaque build-up (tartar) from the teeth both above and below the gum line.
Root planing involves smoothing rough spots on the roots of the teeth, that contribute to the formation of gum disease by trapping and holding bacteria.
The whole procedure may be performed in a single visit, although generally a quadrant (1/4th of the mouth) or half of the mouth is recommended per appointment.
After a scaling and planing, you can expect that your gums will be numb from the anesthesia and then possibly a little tender.
But if you maintain a consistent oral health routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing, your gums should quickly regain a firm, healthy, pink appearance.
Scaling and Cleaning at DonEast Supreme Dental
At DonEast Supreme Dental, we offer you the dental scaling and cleaning you deserve. We provide a wide range of dental services for patients who reside in Doncaster East and the surrounding areas.
Doncaster East dentist also serves local communities in Templestowe, Balwyn North, Doncaster, Doncaster Heights, Donvale, Mont Albert North, Box Hill, Box Hill North, Kerrimuir, Blackburn North, Forest Hill, Nunawading, and Brentford Square.
GAP FREE – General Check-up, Scale and Clean, X-rays and Fluoride treatment (with any health insurance)
*for new patients only
- Same day emergency appointments are available upon request
- Offer payment plan such as Dentacare and Mysmileplan
- All insurances are accepted with HICAPS. As a preferred provider for Bupa (Platinum), NIB and CBHS
We are located near Tunstall Square Shopping Centre and offer on site parking for our patients.
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)