Ultrasonic Scaling and Teeth Polishing

Scaling or Oral Prophylaxis is a procedure where ultrasonic vibrations in conjunction with water is used to remove any plaque, calculus (tartar), debris or stains deposited on to the tooth surface.  This procedure prevents the progression of gum disease (pyorrhea) which is most commonly seen.

If the tartar is allowed to stay accumulated on the teeth it will provide the right conditions for bacteria to thrive next to the gums. The purpose of the cleaning and polishing is basically to leave the surfaces of the teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them and you have a better chance of keeping the teeth clean during your regular home care. Also it leaves your teeth feeling lovely and smooth and clean, which is nice when you run your tongue around them.

The ultrasonic instrument tips are curved and rounded and are always kept in motion around the teeth. Their purpose is to make tartar loose and not cut into the teeth. If the sensations are too strong settings can be adjusted along with the applied pressure to make it more comfortable.

Polishing is done with a special toothpaste-like material and a rubber polishing cup which is spun around on the teeth to make them shiny smooth.


Calculus & Stains

Ultrasonic Scaler

Scaling procedure

Progression of gum


progression of gum disease depicting loss of supporting bone and increased root exposure.