Misconceptions About Scaling

Scaling is a fast growing dental prophlaxis procedure that involves removal of etiological agents(plaque and calculus).Gum disease also called as gingivitis if not treated can work its way towards the foundation of teeth and cause damage to supporting structures (bone) of our teeth.
Scaling if done at a proper time, that is, every six months to remove calculus, the cycle of gum disease is broken & the onset of gum disease is prevented.

But there are many misconceptions associated with scaling.

My teeth got mobile after scaling.

I will have gaps after scaling.
My teeth will become sensitive.

So let us discuss the real facts and myths associated with scaling.

  • First of all age old notation associated with scaling that is completely baseless that teeth become weak and mobile after scaling. The scientific reason is deposits are removed too late, at a stage when most of bone has lost and teeth are temporarily cemented together with hard calculus. Thus after removal of calculus during scaling mobility sets in. Hence scaling doesn’t cause mobility of teeth but calculus over a period of time has damaged bone making the teeth loose.
  • In some cases gaps are filled by tooth colored tartar. On removal of this tartar the patient feels gap has been produced due to scaling.
  • As the calculus is removed concealed part of tooth gets exposed to oral environment leading to transient hypersensitivity. The sensitivity vanishes in a day or two or can treated by sensitivity toothpastes.
  • Some feel that their teeth are grinded during scaling. Heavy calculus is removed which is perceived as tooth material. Scaler tip works on principle of cavitation that is formation of water bubbles that explodes to produce shock waves to remove food and debris.

Rest assured scaling won’t weaken but strengthen teeth.