Scale and Polish West London

A professional scale and polish clean with the dental hygienist is a fundamental part of a thorough oral hygiene regime. The hygienist is thoroughly trained and skilled to provide the teeth with a deep clean, give oral hygiene advice but also remove soft plaque deposits from the surfaces of the teeth where cleaning has been missed.

Once the teeth have been descaled, they will look cleaner, feel smoother and the breath will appear fresher.

The final stage of the cleaning process is to polish the teeth with a gentle tooth scrub which removes any staining from dietary tea, coffee and red wine or smoking.

The difficult to access areas between the teeth can be finished off with polishing strips which are ‘flossed’ between the teeth to remove any remaining stains.

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What is Scaling ?

Scaling is the mechanical cleaning of the teeth using hand instruments which slide along the tooth surface to remove plaque bacteria.

If the plaque has calcified (hardened) this may need to be removed using an ultrasonic device which uses high frequency vibration technology to literally shake off the hardened plaque (calculus). This is perfectly safe to use on the enamel without any damage to the tooth, crowns or fillings. Due care would f course be taken around dental implants where only special titanium hand scaling instruments would be used.

If the teeth are particularly sensitive to thus treatment then local anaesthetic can be applied in the form of gels or injections to numb the sensitive area prior to ultrasonic cleaning. This is usually not necessary, but the hygienist is happy to offer this as an option.

After Scale and Polish

The teeth should appear bright and clean with a glossy sheen, enhancing the smile and restoring confidence as well as improving breath freshness.

Hygienists will always be keen to reinforce good oral hygiene habits to be practiced daily at home in between visits to the dentist.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Scale and Polish:

What is a scale and polish, and why is it necessary?

A scale and polish is a professional dental cleaning procedure that removes plaque and tartar build-up from the teeth, along with surface stains. It’s necessary to maintain oral hygiene and prevent dental issues like gum disease and tooth decay.

How often should I have a scale and polish?

For most people, having a scale and polish every six months as part of their regular dental check-up is recommended. However, your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings based on your oral health needs.

Is a scale and polish painful?

No, a scale and polish procedure is typically not painful. You may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity during the cleaning process, especially if you have sensitive gums or teeth, but it’s generally well-tolerated.

How long does a scale and polish appointment take?

The duration of a scale and polish appointment can vary depending on the amount of build-up on your teeth and other factors. On average, it takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete the procedure.

Will a scale and polish whiten my teeth?

While a scale and polish can remove surface stains from your teeth, it’s not a tooth whitening treatment. If you want to whiten your teeth, your dentist can discuss other options, such as professional teeth whitening procedures.

Can I have a scale and polish if I have sensitive teeth or gum disease?

Yes, you can still have a scale and polish if you have sensitive teeth or gum disease. However, your dentist may take extra precautions or recommend additional treatments to address your concerns.

Does insurance cover the cost of a scale and polish?

Many dental insurance plans cover the cost of preventive dental treatments like scale and polish. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to determine your coverage.

What are the benefits of a scale and polish beyond just cleaning my teeth?

In addition to removing plaque, tartar, and surface stains, a scale and polish can help prevent gum disease, reduce bad breath, and improve the overall appearance of your smile.

Can I eat and drink immediately after a scale and polish?

Yes, you can eat and drink normally after a scale and polish appointment. However, it’s best to avoid consuming highly pigmented foods and beverages that may stain your teeth immediately after the procedure.

How can I maintain the results of my scale and polish at home?

To maintain the results of your scale and polish, it’s essential to practice good oral hygiene habits at home, including brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash. Additionally, scheduling regular dental check-ups and cleanings with your dentist will help keep your smile healthy and bright.