Scaling And Polishing (Gum Treatment)

Scaling And Polishing (Gum Treatment)

Scaling and polishing are deep-cleaning dental procedures that help to remove plaque, calculus, extrinsic stains, and other accumulated debris on teeth surfaces. 

It is a painless procedure and takes almost 20 to 25 minutes to complete. 

What is the cost of Scaling and Polishing in Pakistan?

The price for dental scaling and polishing depends on the clinic location and your dentist's fee. The average price range in Pakistan varies between 5000-10,000 PKR

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What diagnosis leads to Scaling and Polishing?

The conditions that may lead to scaling and polishing include;

  • Early active periodontitis

  • Swollen gums

  • Bleeding and gum enlargement (inflammation)

  • Heavy mineralized calculus deposits on the teeth

  • Gingivitis (a mild form of gum disease) 

  • Accumulation of calcified plaque 

  • Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth

What is the Procedure for Scaling and Polishing?

The procedure for scaling and polishing mainly includes the following steps: 

Step 1: The dentist will use special instruments to remove plaque and debris gently without causing any harm to teeth. 

Step 2: To remove the hardened masses on teeth surfaces such as tarter, the dentist will use an ultrasonic scaler which helps to loosen the accumulated tarter by vibrations. 

Step 3: The dentist will use water spray that washes away the remaining debris on the teeth.

Step 4: Once the scaling procedure is done, the dentist will polish your teeth.

Step 5: The dentist will use the soft rubber cup which usually spins to remove the stains. 

Step 6: Prophylaxis paste (a special toothpaste-like material)  is scooped up into the cup and spun around on the teeth.

Step 7: In some cases, the dentist uses a pressurized spray of air and water with sodium hydrogen carbonate powder to remove calculus, plaque, and soft debris from your teeth.

What are the Risks & Complications Associated with Scaling and Polishing?

The most common risks and complications associated with  scaling and polishing include;

  • Minor bleeding 

  • Gum recession

  • Issues with gum reattachment 

  • Tender gums

  • Swollen gums

  • Risk of nerve damage in very rare cases

What to Expect After Scaling and Polishing?

You can expect the following factors after scaling and polishing;

  • It is completely normal to experience mild to moderate discomfort following scaling and polishing. Discomfort typically subsides within several hours, it lasts up to a few days in some cases

  • Patients may feel slight throbbing tooth pain.

  • Your teeth may feel sensitive to temperature changes or sugary food items after the treatment.

  • Patients may feel that the gum tissue becomes more pink in color. This physical change shows that your tissue responds well to the scaling and polishing procedure.

  • After the treatment, your gums may feel slightly tender. Hence, brushing your teeth gently on a regular basis is important.

  • You should not be eating foods that are hard, crunchy, or chewy (such as raw vegetables or meat). These foods may cause irritation.

  • Continue practicing oral hygiene habits and visit the dentist for regular cleaning and checkups. 

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