Deep Scaling

Deep scaling or root planing is a procedure done to treat diseases affecting the gums and periodontal tissues. Here plaque and tartar buildup on the tooth surface and the spaces between the teeth are removed using an ultrasonic instrument or manual scaling.

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Why am I not able to get rid of bad breath even though I brush every day?

Query: Hi doctor,I have plaque deposits on my teeth and gums. My gums bleed often, and they are receding. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have viewed your image (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and it is calculus deposits over your gums. It occurs when the plaque is not removed properly with brushing, and it starts becoming hard due to calcium deposits over it. It accumulates more and mo...  Read Full »

I have von Willebrand disease. What precautions should I take while scaling to prevent the loss of blood?

Query: Hello doctor, I have von Willebrand disease. My current health concern is that I need to get a scaling of my teeth done. What precautions should I take while scaling to prevent the loss of blood?  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The outcome depends on the type of von Willebrand disease as well. Before the dental procedure, a prophylactic Desmopressin can be prescribed. A local Tranexamic acid application would also be beneficial after completing one sitting of scaling or other procedures. I s...  Read Full »

How to whiten my teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, My teeth have become totally yellow. Even whitening toothpaste does not work. I tried to clean them myself but, failed. What products can I use or how can I clean it myself without visiting a dentist?  Read Full »


Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your complaint and seen the picture attached to it (attachment removed to protect patient identity).  It looks like a case of stains with calculus, which is known in layman's terms as tartar. This can be due to many reasons. For example, not maint...  Read Full »

Two of my teeth remain wobbly after having receding gums. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor,I have receding gums, and they are sore as well. Two of the teeth are wobbly, and I am terrified they are going to fall out. I am only 19 years old. I brush and floss my teeth twice a day. I used to smoke. Since I have noticed my teeth issue, I quit smoking. Please help me. I am desperat...  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your complaint, it looks like you have deep gum infection and it is causing loss of attachment of teeth to gums making them loose. As you are a smoker, it causes the gum health to deter even faster. When there is a recession, only home remedies will not be sufficie...  Read Full »

I have dark grayish colored patches on my upper four teeth. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old female, and I have dark grayish colored patches on the crown of my four upper teeth along the gum line. I can send pictures if you want. Is it periodontitis? I am very scared.  Read Full »


Dr. Tinu Thampy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. The dark gray colored deposits on your teeth is a part of the subgingival calculus. That means, the deposits started long back and irritated the gingiva. The slight bleeding from gums made it stained. This is not periodontitis. But, it is the sta...  Read Full »

Will severe acid reflux turn my teeth translucent with receding gums?

Query: Hi doctor, Lately, I noticed that my teeth are not the best looking. I had acid reflux. I looked up a lot of stuff about acid in the mouth, and looking at my teeth I think this is what is happening. My teeth started turning translucent two weeks ago. When I looked it up, it said that it could occur...  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The symptoms that you have explained are right. If you have acid reflux problem and in your case, it looks like there is too much of acid refluxing in your mouth from the stomach. This acid can erode your teeth making the enamel thin due to loss of minerals. I have common...  Read Full »

Does dental scaling cause bleeding and gaps between teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, I have severe gingivitis and have done three sessions of deep tooth cleaning (each one week apart). When I rinse at the dentist, my mouth is full of blood every time, and I see pieces of tissue floating in the blood, and it takes three to five of the little rinsing cups for the whole red...  Read Full »


Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I checked your history and photographs (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). As per my diagnosis, there is no need to worry. Space has been created due to scaling, which is normal in patients who do oral prophylaxis with doctors. This gap closes after...  Read Full »

How to control bleeding gums?

Query: Hello doctor, For months now, I am suffering from a gum problem. It bleeds while brushing but no pain. Two connected teeth (as shown in the attached picture) are slightly moving. A white soft gum-like tissue has grown. If I try to brush it away, it bleeds. Keeping in mind that I cannot attend any ...  Read Full »


Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and attachment and understood your concern (attachment removed to protect patient identity). From your tooth picture and your symptoms, the condition is called periodontitis. It is a condition wherein the bone and the gums surrounding ...  Read Full »

What could be the painful nodule between canine and premolar while having braces?

Query: Hello doctor, I got braces last year as there were spaces between my teeth. For the last 10 days, I noticed a nodule coming out behind the braces between canine and premolar on the left side of the mandible. It is painful only while brushing when the bristles rub against it. Before this, around 1...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. See, as per your details, it seems to be gingival polyp due to irritation from braces. But you are saying it is turning pale so it can be lipoma also. I request you to please send a good clinical picture and tell me some more details regarding the nodule to confirm...  Read Full »

Can fixed retainers be worn during scaling and root planing treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I have just been told that I have gum disease and 3 mm to 6 mm pockets. And, my wisdom teeth have 8 mm pocket. I have braces on now and I am due to have them off next month. I need to get scaling and root planing treatment to treat my gum problems. Can I still wear a fixed retainer? I r...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, you can wear your fixed retainer without any problem. Also, you have to make sure that you use your removable retainer also for the next two to three years without any break. When you have periodontal problems, there is a high chance of spaces opening up between teet...  Read Full »

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