This is perhaps one of the most satisfying parts of our work for the patient. At the initial visit, along with the examination of your teeth, we carry out a comprehensive examination of your periodontium (gums). To do this we use a periodontal probe to painlessly measure the depths of pocketing around your teeth. Bleeding on probing and depths of pocketing greater than 3mm does indicate disease, either gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) or more seriously, periodontitis (loss of bony support of the teeth), which is the second biggest cause of tooth loss.
We use a combination of ultrasonic scalers and hand instrumentation to remove calculus (tartar) which is hardened plaque deposits above and below your gum line. Sometimes we may use local anaesthetic for this procedure if pockets are particularly deep to make it more comfortable. Polishing your teeth removes soft plaque deposits, some staining and the biofilm on your teeth leaving them with that fresh dentist clean feeling. In some instances the scaling process may take more than one appointment and subsequent review appointments may be necessary to insure you reach a state of good periodontal health. We have a wide range of cleaning devices that we are happy to pass on at cost price to help you maintain a healthy mouth. Sometimes we may suggest you visit a dental hygienist or a periodontist (gum specialist) to assist in achieving good periodontal health.