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All About Teeth Scaling in Toronto

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For over 55 years, the professionals at Cumberland Periodontics and Implant Surgery have provided exceptional periodontal care to local families in the Toronto area by providing the most advanced periodontal treatments available in a warm and welcoming environment. Beyond the scope of dentistry, periodontists specialize in informing patients about the dangers of gum disease. They are experts at diagnosing gum disease and preventing further decay.

Unfortunately, when gum disease advances, sometimes tooth loss occurs, and periodontists help their patients take back some control by fitting them for partial or complete dentures. If you and your dentist have already discussed the possible need for dentures in the future, why not give the folks at Cumberland Periodontics a call?

Before you begin treatment, your dentist will need to assess the health of your gums and teeth. They will also try to determine the cause of any pain or swelling which may be caused by an infection. This is done with a dental exam, which includes:

  • A visual examination of your teeth as well as x-rays.
  • An assessment of any gum issues such as inflammation or bleeding.
  • A probe evaluation that measures the depth and width of plaque deposits on the tooth surfaces.
  • A test using a dry cotton swab dipped in alcohol (or hydrogen peroxide) on each tooth surface to determine if there’s any tartar build-up.

Tartar is a deposit on your tooth that builds up when plaque is not removed. Over time, any staining underneath built-up tartar becomes trapped between the tartar and your tooth. This is what leads to the discolouration of teeth. To remove tartar, your dental hygienist may recommend a procedure known as dental scaling. In addition to regular dental cleaning, teeth scaling in Toronto involves scraping the tartar build-up off of your teeth and below the gum line, into the ‘pocket’ where gum disease thrives.

Teeth scaling in Toronto is an important part of maintaining your oral health. Scaling removes plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth, which can lead to gum disease if left untreated. The procedure is quick — with some sedation options available — and will leave you with a smile that’s brighter than ever before! Alternatively, you can schedule the procedure to take place over multiple appointments, allowing your gums to heal in between, as some patients experience tenderness or swelling of the gums after a scaling treatment.

The best way to make sure your teeth are healthy is by visiting the dentist at least twice a year. If you have dentures, a bridge, or a dental implant, it’s important that you see your periodontist regularly too so that they can check on them and adjust them if needed. Keeping up with your check-in appointments is the best way to ensure that you are getting the most out of your periodontal work.

If you’re interested in learning more about the services provided at Cumberland Periodontics, give us a call or schedule an appointment online today by clicking here.