A Scale and Polish is a thorough teeth clean that removes tartar, plaque and stains leaving teeth fresher and cleaner. The dentist will use specialist equipment such as Air Polishing below.
Air polishing is a drill-less method of polishing that can be used to remove stains and surface discolouration from your teeth. It uses a pressurised stream of a non-toxic aluminium oxide powder which rapidly removes the surface marks. The small particles are made of silica, aluminium oxide or baking soda and aid in cleaning the tooth surface. Air abrasion allows for decay to quickly be removed while conserving healthy tooth structure. The particles and decay are then suctioned out of the mouth. Air polishing does not require a local anaesthetic.
Air abrasion is gentle because it generates no heat, sound, pressure or vibration. In addition, it reduces the need for anaesthesia, making it an ideal choice for patients with stained teeth and for those who may suffer any form of dental anxiety or phobia. To consider air polishing please discuss this with a member of the dental team or the practice Therapist.
Unless there is a clinical need this procedure is not covered by the NHS however appointments can be made to see our Hygienist privately through direct access.