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What is the scaling treatment process for gingivitis?

Jonathan B. Levine, DMD
Prosthodontics
Scaling removes the deposits of tartar above and below the gum. A scaler looks like a pen with a curved end, making it easier for the dentist to get into the hard-to-reach spots, like the pockets. Scaling also removes any diseased bacteria (called bacterial endotoxins) that may have gotten under the gum and stuck on to the root surfaces. After scaling, most hygienists go over the area over again with an ultrasonic vibrating tool, which acts like a mini sand blaster that literally blasts the more accessible hardened deposits off the teeth.
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During the scaling treatment, large deposits of plaque and tartar are removed from the crowns and roots of your teeth with ultrasonic instruments. Your dentist then uses handheld scalers to remove remaining material, and feels along your gum line to make sure it is clean and smooth.

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