Scaling and Root Planning


It is the transformation of the initially soft plaque into tartar as a result of the precipitation of minerals in the saliva. Tartar formation is usually a condition related to saliva. Saliva normally washes and brightens the tooth surface, but when its consistency becomes denser due to some drugs, smoking, age and some diet varieties, the minerals in it tend to precipitate, triggering the formation of tartar over the soft deposits on the tooth.

Tartar cleaning can be done manually with the help of special hand tools or by vibration with a tool called scaler and devices that remove the tartar with the effect of water. Since tartar is attached to the tooth surface with acidic materials secreted by the bacteria in it, it disrupts the smooth structure of the tooth surface over time.

Contrary to popular belief, tartar cleaning does not harm the tooth surface. On the contrary, it is aimed to remove the deposits on the tooth surface and to obtain a smooth surface on the tooth and root surface with tartar cleaning. Dental calculus cleaning does not cause any damage to the tooth surface, and bone loss can be seen over time in cases where tartar cleaning is not performed for a long time.

Tartar accumulation occurs at different times in individuals. A general check is required every six months. These controls are important in terms of early detection and cleaning of the accumulated tartar and making determinations about general oral health.