Over time, even the best oral hygiene care at home can't always prevent plaque from remaining in your mouth, hardening and becoming tartar (otherwise known as calculus). If this occurs, it will eventually lead to periodontal disease. With the help of "scaling," your McKinney TX dentist removes tartar using vibrations from ultrasound or a scaler, a tool used to remove tartar from beneath the gum line of the tooth.
Considering that plaque sticks to rough areas of the tooth, removing the tartar from the tooth is followed by smoothing the rough surfaces with a procedure called "root planing." Root planing helps prevent periodontal disease from arising and spreading, as well as reverses the earlier signs of gum disease.
To learn about this procedure, call our office today at (214) 842-8996.