Dental scaling is an effective, non-surgical way to treat gum disease, otherwise known as periodontitis. It is a relatively painless procedure in which a scaling instrument ( a scaler) is used to remove the plaque, calculus and stain from the crown and root surfaces of teeth, returning the patient to a state of periodontal health. If left untreated, inflammation caused by the bacteria in plaque and tartar build-up can cause gingivitis, and eventually periodontal disease.
In order to maintain the health of the tooth and gums, it is crucial that the patient exercises optimal oral hygiene following the procedure. Information on how to properly care for your teeth and gums can be made available through your dentist or dental hygienist.