Scaling and Polishing - Chez Soie Dentisterie / Formerly Marcotte médecine dentaire
Scaling and Polishing

Scaling and Polishing

07 - Détartrage et polissageScaling and Polishing

Dental scaling is the action of removing tartar that has accumulated on the teeth and below the gums. Unlike biofilm (dental plaque), tartar cannot be removed with a toothbrush or floss.

It consists of a calcified bacterial deposit, which causes inflammation of soft and hard tissues leading to gingival bleeding, recession (progressive loosening of teeth) and eventually, can lead to premature tooth loss if untreated. The dental hygienist or dentist usually uses two complementary techniques, namely ultrasonic scaling and mechanical scaling using manual instruments (curettes).

Tooth polishing, also known as dental prophylaxis, is a procedure that allows the removal of superficial stains and biofilm (dental plaque) on the supragingival part of the teeth. By supragingival, we mean the structure above the gum. Whether by using a paste or the air jet polisher, the choice of method used as well as the extent of the area to be polished will be determined when assessing the person’s oral condition, and determining the dental hygiene care plan. (Reference: OHDQ)