Scaling. It sounds like something that Spiderman would do to a building. Or maybe something that is done to a fish after we catch it fresh. At Shine Dental, when we say the word scaling, it means something completely different.
When You Need It
Gum disease causes tenderness, bleeding, and swelling in your gum tissue. Your gums can also become infected. When gum disease occurs, the infected gum begins to separate from the tooth, causing a periodontal pocket to develop. When left untreated, the pocket will deepen down toward the bone, causing trouble. Gum disease can be responsible for tooth decay, tooth loss, and bone loss. Worse yet, gum disease has been linked to heart disease and diabetes as well general health problems. If you have gum disease and pockets are forming, you’ll need to have a deep cleaning to get your dental health under control.
What It Is
A deep cleaning is also known as a scaling. During a scaling, the dentist or hygienist will go in and remove the trapped debris from your periodontal pocket. They will also remove the plaque and tartar that has built up in the pocket, keeping your gums infected and separated from the tooth. Sometimes, antimicrobial treatment is necessary to clear up infection in the pockets. If needed, we’ll place an antibiotic power directly into the pockets that won’t spread to the rest of your body. Over time, the medicine is released to speed healing and ensure that the infection will be cleared. Once the pocket is cleared out from infection, the gum will be free to adhere to the tooth again; gum disease, over.
At Shine Dental, our experienced staff knows the ins and outs of the scaling process and we’ll put you at ease knowing that what you’re doing is the best thing for your health. True, the word scaling can sound a bit unnerving, but we’ll address and discuss the concerns you might have about the process. We’ll put you at ease about the procedure so that you can get the care you need to keep your mouth, and your body, healthy. Give us a call today to get your gums back to the healthy pink they’re meant to be.