If the dentist detects tartar on the surface of the teeth, he will remove it with an instrument called a scraper. A scraper is a device that has a hook at the end and is used to remove tartar above and below the gum line. As mentioned above, tartar can only be removed by a professional. During the procedure, the dentist uses an ultrasonic device with a small nozzle to remove tartar from areas or spots that are difficult to reach.
The process of removing tartar may or may not be painful and depends on several factors. If you have sensitive teeth or diseases such as gingivitis or periodontitis, removing tartar will be somewhat painful. In general, oral health plays an important role in determining the amount of pain you will experience during any dental procedure. In addition, the extent of tartar with build-up on the teeth is critical to determine the level of pain you may experience.
The greater the accumulation of tartar, the greater the pain and vice versa. Finally, the dentist's experience and the types of equipment used also determine the level of pain. Dental cleaning is the safest and most popular method for removing hardened tartar. After examining the entire mouth, the dentist will remove the tartar from inside the mouth with an instrument called a scraper.
What is a climber, you ask? Experts use a climber. It has a hook on the end and is used to meticulously remove tartar from above and below the gum line. In case of excessive tartar buildup, your dentist may recommend a procedure called deep cleaning that combines scaling and root planing. Sometimes the dentist may also use ultrasonic instruments to remove tartar.
The vibrating metal top of an ultrasonic device loosens tartar and detaches it from the surface of the teeth. The procedure is followed by a spray of water. Using a manual metal scraper (a device with a hook-shaped end), the dentist or dental hygienist will scrape the tartar. If you have an excessive amount of tartar that has caused gum disease, your dentist may recommend a thorough cleaning that includes scaling and root planing.
During your dental checkup, dental care professionals will use small dental tools to scrape tartar off your teeth. These little tools are pointed at one end. Some are curved to encompass the curved surfaces of the teeth. While the dentist is working, you may hear a gentle scratching or grinding when the metal tool encounters the hardened tartar.
If the tartar is close to the gum tissue, you may notice some tenderness or bleeding in your mouth. All of this is normal and means that even difficult to reach tartar is being removed. Your dental professional, dentist or hygienist will use a metal scraper to remove tartar from your mouth. It can usually be stopped and reversed by brushing your teeth, flossing, using an antiseptic mouthwash, and cleaning regularly with your dentist.
No one wants tartar to stick to their smile and many think they can remove it on their own. During an exam, the dentist may take x-rays of the teeth to see the position of the teeth, but may also look for tooth decay and tartar deposits. The dentist uses specialized techniques to remove plaque and tartar, so they don't turn into tooth decay or infection. Both traditional and holistic dentists (dentists who take into account the patient's overall health, not just their oral health) can perform a dental cleaning.
However, many dentists recommend having a dental cleaning and checkup every six months, and more often if you have gum disease or are at risk for gum disease (if you smoke or have diabetes, for example). The growing field of teledentistry offers people options to maintain their oral health without unnecessary visits to the dentist. Dental cleanings are just one of many procedures that make people afraid of the dentist's office. A dentist is like a magician for your teeth who has a solution for every problem; from cavities to stains and tartar, there is a cure for them all.