What is Scaling?
Scaling is the procedure in which bacterial soft and hard deposits “tartar” is removed from the teeth. The objective of scaling and root planning is to remove hard irritants and aggressive bacteria which cause inflammation to the gingival (gum) tissue and surrounding bone. Option of hand, ultrasonic scaling or the combination of both maybe used to complete this process. Needle free freezing is an option for sensitive gums and is provided at no additional cost.
Why is regular Scaling needed?
Brushing twice a day and flossing are important to maintain oral health, but they don’t replace regular professional cleaning.
Getting your teeth cleaned removes tartar, a hard buildup that you can’t remove with your toothbrush. Having tartar in your mouth creates an oral environment where infection-causing bacteria can easily grow, causing gum disease that is linked with serious oral problems as well as heart disease, stroke and many other systemic conditions in our body.
Scaling is critical to prevent gum disease, improve your whole-body health, and keep your teeth looking their best. It’s also a great opportunity for your Hygienist to detect early signs of problems.
The objective of scaling and root planning is to remove the hard irritants and aggressive bacteria which cause inflammation to the gingival (gum) tissue and if left can manifest as periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease or “bone-loss” is the loss of supporting attachment around the teeth and is irreversible.
If scaling is not performed your oral health is at risk.
A cleaning can help with bad breath, which could also be a sign of other health related concerns if periodontal problems are subtle to a person, until the condition is severe. This increases risks for acute infection, tooth loss or pain. Early detection and prevention is of utmost importance.
What are some signs of Gum Disease?
- Gums that are red, purplish, puffy or “shiny” looking
- Bleeding when brushing, flossing or eating (this is not normal)
- Bad taste or breath
- Teeth that have shifted or have become loose
Contrary to popular belief losing adult teeth is not a natural part of aging!
Scaling: Based on units of time, each unit is 15 minutes. All dental professions follow this protocol.
Our fee versus current fee guide for scaling in units:
Muskoka Gentle Dental Fee versus O.D.A. – Dentist Office Guide
Half unit $ 25.00 versus $ 29.00
1 unit = $50.00 versus $ 57.00
2 units= $99.00 versus $ 114.00
3 units = $155.00 verus $ 171.00
4 units= $ 200.00 versus $ 228.00
Muskoka Gentle Dental fees are below the current ODHA fee guide.