Tooth Scaling

Scaling is the removal of calculus (commonly called tartar) and plaque that attach to the tooth surfaces. The process especially targets the area below the gum line, along the root. Plaque is a sticky substance, full of bacteria, that forms on teeth. When plaque hardens over time, it is called calculus. Scaling and root planing is the most common and conservative form of treatment for periodontal (gum) disease.

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