What are Scaling and Polishing?

Scaling is a dental process that involves removing plaque calculus deposits or stains on the teeth. Polishing, on the other hand, is the process of smoothing the teeth as scaling can make the teeth feel rough. During this process, the dentist may also provide additional protection to the teeth by applying a small amount of fluoride.

Why do I need treatment?

Scaling and polishing are important for all age group in order to achieve optimum oral health. Without scaling and polishing, it could lead to more damage and once it starts setting in, a more complex dental procedure may have to be carried out. Generally, those who are already showing signs of disease may still proceed with the procedure as these can delay the progression or even halt the disease for a very long time.

Nevertheless, you are advised to talk to our dentist to help you weigh the pros and cons before undergoing these dental procedures.

What does the treatment involve?

The procedure may take one or a few thorough cleaning sessions before the expected results can be achieved, also depending on the severity of the stains and the position of the teeth. There may be some minor discomfort especially if an ultrasonic instrument is used during scaling. There may be numbness of the teeth and discomfort on the jaw due to prolonged opening of the mouth.

What type of anaesthetic is used?

Generally, a local anesthesia may be required to minimize discomfort.

How long does the procedure take?

It may take at least an hour to complete the procedure.

What to expect after the procedure?

Both procedures are generally safe. However, there may be some discomfort experienced during the procedure which would typically wear off post treatment or during recovery period. It is advisable for patient not to eat or drink during the first 30 minutes to an hour.