Hardened plaque can’t be brushed away, and a deep clean is necessary to reverse periodontal disease and ensure optimal dental health.
What is scaling?
A dental hygienist uses a specialized scaling tool to carefully remove tartar that has built up around the gum line. The scaling tool chips off the tartar deposits, restoring the teeth to a clean state. Most patients experience little to no discomfort during this process, however a local anesthetic can be used if needed. Deep cleaning is a similar process that targets the root of the tooth underneath the gums. A dental hygienist will gently push aside gum tissue to thoroughly remove any tartar from the roots, leaving them smooth and clean. In cases of extensive buildup, the patient may have to complete the full deep clean in stages.