Dental Scaling

Teeth Scaling Side Effects

If you’ve ever had your teeth scaled, you know it’s a cleaning procedure. But did you know there can be some nasty side effects afterward?

From mild discomfort to the more serious stuff, knowing the risks is important before getting your teeth done.

I will tell you about the common side effects of teeth scaling and give you some tips on avoiding or dealing with them.

Teeth scaling removes plaque and calculus build-up at the gum line. It helps your oral hygiene and makes your gums healthier. But after the procedure, you might experience some side effects.

If you act fast and accurately to assess the situation before treating it, you can get your gums back in shape. Please don’t leave it too long, or you could worsen things.

Get scaling done when needed, and your gums will return to normal. It’s essential to act quickly and ensure you’re doing the right thing, or the consequences could be devastating.

Now, It’s time to get informed about teeth scaling. Understanding the process can help you better recognize the side effects and why they’re happening. So sit back and read the article carefully.

How does Dental Scaling work?

There are two options for teeth scaling: mechanical and electrical/ultrasonic scaling. Both of these methods effectively improve oral health and prevent dental issues.

Mechanical Scaling:

Mechanical instruments, called Gracey curettes, help remove hard tartar build-up by using horizontal, diagonal, or vertical strokes.

These curettes are super helpful dental tools designed to remove tartar from teeth and gums.

The blades of the curettes are designed to fit the shape of the teeth perfectly so they can get rid of plaque, calculus, and stuff stuck between your teeth.

Electrical or Ultrasonic Scaling:

The scaler tip uses electrical energy to turn it into sound waves. This mix of vibrations, cavitation, irrigation, and cleaning up clears tooth surfaces.

It’s a dental instrument that transforms electricity into sound waves that become mechanical vibrations. These cause cavitation when small bubbles form and collapse in a liquid.

When they implode, they make shock waves that help break down and remove plaque and other stuff on your teeth. The scaler tip also washes away the residue, leaving your teeth clean and shiny.

Types of Dental Scaling:

There are two types of dental scaling – regular and deep.

Regular scaling is getting rid of the plaque and tartar off the surface of your teeth.


Deep scaling is a bit more intense. They reach the roots and pockets between your teeth and gums to remove bacteria and stop further damage.

Regular scaling is usually done during a dental cleaning, while deep scaling may require anesthesia.

Regular teeth scaling and its side effects:

Your dentist will schedule you for a regular check-up every six months. During this check-up, they will assess your oral health and determine if plaque or tartar buildup is present.

If it is, they will scale it away. Being punctual for these appointments is important, as arriving late could result in some unwanted side effects.

  1. Minor bleeding of gums
  2. Mild discomfort or irritation
  3. Post-procedure sensitive, which is rare if you regularly follow up

Deep scaling & root planing and its side effects:

If, for any reason, you do not attend your follow-up appointment for more than one year, a large amount of plaque can accumulate just above and below the gum line, resulting in:

  1. Receding gums
  2. Bad breath
  3. Bleeding gums
  4. Increased chance of caries

Your dentist must remove the calculus in at least two visits, as many bacteria can cause further complications.

Overall Teeth Scaling Side Effects:

There are no significant side effects of getting your teeth scaled. People may have many questions and myths about it, but they are untrue.

Your teeth cannot get weaker from scaling; it is the opposite. If your teeth are already weak and held up by plaque or caries, then getting your teeth scaled could make them loose.

If your teeth are healthy, they cannot get weaker. You may experience some sensitivity and a gap between your teeth for a few days or months, but this is due to the plaque being removed.

You may feel strange, like you must keep running your tongue over the gap in your teeth. It is best to visit your dentist every six months to be safe.

If you don’t get teeth scaling done for a while, you could have a bad gums infection, which could cause some nasty side effects like:

  1. Severe bleeding
  2. Severe irritation
  3. Exposure to cementoenamel junction, which leads to hypersensitivity
  4. Mobility of tooth
  5. Swelling of soft tissue
  6. Chair time increases due to 2 or 3 visits
  7. Spacing between the teeth due to calculus removal

Myths about Teeth Scaling:

As a dentist, in my clinical experience, I have encountered many patients who have expressed doubts and misconceptions about teeth scaling.

Questions such as “Will this procedure weaken my teeth?“, “Will they start to move after the cleaning?“, “My neighbor had the procedure, and now there are spaces between their teeth; why is that?” and “Will I need to keep having the procedure done after the first time?” are all common and stem from a lack of understanding the procedure.

These questions are simply a result of a lack of knowledge and education. Simply put, “Guidance is the first step toward destiny.”

“Dental Scaling itself does not cause teeth to move.”

Patients often ask why their teeth are getting weaker and why they’re moving around.

If you don’t brush and floss regularly, plaque and hard tartar can build up beneath your gum line, weakening your gums and potentially leading to recession.

Removing the tartar can leave gaps where it used to be, making your teeth look weaker. Tooth movement has many causes, from gum disease to injury and age.

In some cases, when there’s a lot of tartar, receding gums, and poor gum health, the damage to the tooth’s support structure may be permanent.

Experts Opinions:

I finally found an awesome video of Dr. Akansha Garg on YouTube. She made a really helpful tutorial on scaling that’s easy to understand.

She’s an absolute genius when it comes to dental topics. I am confident that this video will be beneficial in clarifying the potential risks and myths associated with teeth scaling.

Here’s the link to the video:

Source: Youtube (@ekdantamdentalclinic1151)
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Dr. Ahtsham

I am a dentist. I am working hard to keep this blog updated for those suffering from tooth pain. It is my goal to make this blog the source for all information regarding tooth pain. Feel free to contact me if you are suffering from toothache.

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