People that don’t go to the dentist for a long time may need to have their teeth deep cleaned. To ensure the health of their mouths, our dentists at Salem Dental Group in Salem, MA, recommend that patients have routine exams and cleanings every six months.
However, if you haven’t had a cleaning for a long time, then our dentists may recommend scaling and root planing, or deep cleaning.
Every day people’s mouths produce plaque, which starts as a sticky film that consists of food debris, saliva, and liquids. It is clear to pale yellow and is easily brushed off teeth, gums, the tongue, and other surfaces in the mouth.
However, if you don’t always brush your teeth, or you don’t brush them well, then plaque can harden on your teeth, becoming tartar. Simply brushing your teeth doesn’t remove tartar, so you need to have your dentist clean your teeth to remove it from your teeth and gums. This cleaning is known as scaling and root planing or SRP.
Tartar, which is also known as dental calculus, can trap plaque and other bacteria on teeth. It also discolors your teeth and traps other stains on them. The buildup of tartar can lead to tooth decay, and it often irritates the gums. It can also cause gums to recede from around the teeth.
When our dentists at Salem Dental Group do scaling and root planing, they use an instrument known as an ultrasonic scaler to remove tartar. You will receive sedation to lessen any discomfort that you may feel before they do the procedure in our Salem, MA office.
The scaler uses vibrations to remove plaque, tartar, and other debris from your teeth and gums instead of manually scraping them with sharp curettes. The instrument does deep cleanings faster than curettes, so you won’t need to spend as long in the dental chair.
Once we remove the tartar, we smooth the roots of the tooth to prevent any plaque or tartar from sticking to the surfaces and to help the gums reattach to them. If you need a deep cleaning or scaling and root planing, contact us at Salem Dental Group in Salem, MA, for an appointment.