Diş Eti Tedavileri (Periodontoji)

Diş Eti Tedavileri (Periodontoji)


Tartar Removal (Scaling)

Tartar Removal (Scaling)Tartar is a sedimentary build-up of plaque that settles and hardens on the gum line which can sometimes reach underneath the gums. We remove such petrified deposits during the process of teeth scaling. Tartar by itself is not harmful; however, their indented and jagged structure creates a surface where numerous bacteria and microorganisms can cling and bond. We can say that they are very similar to coral reefs.

Microorganisms and bacteria that cause bleeding, recession and in more severe cases bone loss in the gums must be removed from the oral cavity. The first stage in getting rid of such bacteria and microorganisms is the removal of tartar which provides them shelter and allows them to cling and settle on the surface of our teeth.

Tartar removal is conducted without administering any form of anesthesia with the exception of a few extremely severe cases. It is perfectly normal to experience a bit of sensitivity during the removal process. The amount of sensitivity experienced is dependent on the severity of the gum disease.

If anesthesia is administered during the tartar removal process, take care not to bite the lips, tongue and cheeks during the time when they are numb under the influence of anesthesia. In order to avoid this, you should preferably not eat or drink anything in the two hours following the treatment.

Periodontal diseases generally cause a loss of gum tissue. Tartar fills the cavities created as a result of losses in gum tissue and causes the areas effected with gum disease to be covered in tartar. When tartar is removed, you may feel a bit of a clearance around your teeth as tartar acts as sort of an isolation material.

This clearance will be filled by your gums in due time. However, your teeth will become sensitive to hot and cold during this stage. You may use pain killers for the first few days.

The time it takes your teeth to recover from hot/cold sensitivity is dependent on the time it takes for your gums to recover. Therefore, you must pay utmost attention to your oral care during this period. Continue to brush and floss your teeth at least three times a day.

When brushing, always follow your dentist's advice and brush with a motion that starts from the gums and leads to the teeth. Brushing with excessive force and horizontal movements will increase the damage inflicted on your gums.

We recommend that our patients use toothpastes rich in fluoride content during the phase when their teeth are sensitive to hot and cold stimuli. Sensodyne Fluoride can be recommended as an example of one of these toothpastes. We recommend that you use this toothpaste until you have finished at least one tube of toothpaste.

Another method of decreasing sensitivity and accelerating the healing process after tartar removal is using mouthwash. At our clinic, we recommend Listerine brand mouthwash. You can use the mouthwash 3-4 times a day. You should rinse your mouth for 30 seconds and spit out without swallowing the mouth wash.

It is normal for a small amount of bleeding to occur after tartar removal. It will pass within a few days. Do not cease to brush your teeth because of bleeding, continue brushing regularly.

You can gargle with salt water to decrease bleeding and increase the speed of the healing process. Put a few spoonfuls of salt in warm water as you would with hot drinks like coffee and tea. Stir well and gargle with this mixture 3-4 times a day. Pay attention not to swallow the salt water.