The Ins and Outs of Ultrasonic Scaling

Even the term “ultrasonic” can conjure images of futuristic technology and science fiction aesthetic. However, ultrasonic technology is more prevalent and applicable for you than you may even realize. In fact, it’s sitting there in your dentist’s office. Ultrasonic technology has been applied to the scaling process to make it easier, more comfortable, and more precise. If you’re unfamiliar with scaling, it’s a valuable dental procedure that cleans around the roots of your teeth. If you don’t maintain a strong care routine for your mouth, bacteria and biofilm may develop on your teeth and sink beneath your gum line. Once it’s down there, the bacteria is basically impossible for you to reach on your own. That’s when you need the help of ultrasonic scaling.

Keeping Your Teeth Bacteria-Free Keeps Them Safe

The point of cleaning your teeth by brushing and flossing, is to disrupt bacteria formation. If left unchecked, bacteria form plaque that is difficult to remove. That plaque continuously produces acid that wears away at the enamel of your teeth. Eventually, the center of your tooth can become compromised, and you may even lose the tooth. If you maintain a strong brushing and flossing routine, you’ll prevent bacteria from becoming a problem. If you don’t, you’ll need the help of your dentist.

Ultrasonic Scaling Uses Sound Waves to Disrupt Bacteria Formation

This is where a technique like scaling comes into play. Scaling and root planing is the process of carefully getting beneath your gums to clean and smooth the roots of your teeth. With ultrasonic technology, your dentist can use sound waves to disrupt and destroy bacteria that has gotten under your gum line. The entire process is more comfortable and convenient that the traditional scaling and root planing procedure.

Talk to Your Dentist About Whether or Not You Need Scaling

Your dentist will be able to recommend the best course of action when it comes to keeping your teeth clean. If you’re showing early signs of gingivitis — inflamed gums and pain — your dentist may recommend scaling. Dr. Evan Olson and the Coppertop team are proud to offer ultrasonic scaling as a technique for preserving your oral health. To learn more about this option, contact Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR at 541-923-5927.