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Scaling - Professional oral prophylaxis

Scaling - Professional oral prophylaxis

Scaling -dental cleaning is one on the most significant procedure that helps to keep gums and teeth healthy and firm. Calculus/tartar gets deposited over a period of time between the teeth and the gums which causes tooth fall and unhealthy gums . This procedure basically removes infected deposits like plaque, calculus, stains and other harmful elements from tooth surface which are difficult to remove while brushing with ultrasonic scalers.

Frequently asked questions:

Will it be painful? Will there be bleeding?

If there are only superficial tartar deposits, it may not be painful. If there are deep deposits, we will usually use local anesthesia before the procedure.There may be slight bleeding as the plaque and tartar usually cause gum inflammation and touching highly inflamed gums can cause bleeding.

I’ve heard that teeth become loose after the procedure. Is it true?

This is a common myth. The tooth may appear to be ‘loose’ after the procedure especially if you are suffering from periodontal disease. However, this isn’t because of the procedure. Even though there is loss of supporting structures like the gums and bone, the tartar surrounding the teeth may hold the teeth together and give a false sense of stability.

Will the gap between the gums and the teeth or between teeth increase?

Some feel that scaling results in gap between teeth which is wrong, the gap is simply seen because the tartar between the teeth gets cleaned up in scaling.

Flap surgery

If gum disease is left untreated, it may lead to loss of support which could lose the teeth. Gum disease can cause degradation of the bone and soft tissue support around the teeth. Deep cleaning, gum treatments and flap surgery are provided by our specialist. Undergoing such treatments removes bacteria from the root surface and halts the progress of gum disease.

Gingival surgery

Crown lengthening is a common gum surgery in which gum tissue and bone are removed from around a tooth. This procedure is performed to expose more of the tooth structure. Crown lengthening is commonly carried out when a tooth needs a crown and there is not enough tooth tissue left above the gum to support it. Before treatment starts patients will need to attend an initial consultation. The consultation will take place with one of our experienced dentists. They will review your medical history and examine your teeth, both clinically and with X-rays. Following this, the second appointment will see the patient undergo the procedure while under local anaesthetic. For anxious patients, we can provide Intra-venous sedation throughout any of our procedures.

Laser gum reshaping

Prospective patients looking for an alternative procedure to improve the appearance of their gummy smile could benefit from laser gum reshaping. During the procedure, the dentist will gently trim small amounts of excess gum tissue and reshape the gums painlessly with a soft tissue laser. All of which will be performed under a local anaesthetic. There will be minimal postoperative blood or swelling due to the nature of the laser treatment. The soft tissue laser used to carry out this procedure allows patients to heal quickly with little discomfort caused, helping them enjoy a dazzling Hollywood smile in a short period of time.

Soft tissue grafting

Individuals concerned about receding gums could undergo a range of soft tissue grafting treatments. When gums recede, teeth often appear longer than normal and can be very sensitive. This is due to exposure of root dentine. Soft tissue grafting is carried out by a Specialist Periodontist (Specialist in gum treatment).


The frenum is a mucous membrane fold that attaches the lip and the cheek to the alveolar mucosa, the gingiva, and the underlying periosteum. The frena may jeopardize the gingival health when they are attached too closely to the gingival margin, either due to an interference in the plaque control or due to a muscle pull. In addition to this, the maxillary frenum may present aesthetic problems or compromise the orthodontic result in the midline diastema cases, thus causing a recurrence after the treatment. The management of such an aberrant frenum is accomplished by performing a frenectomy.

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