Top 3 Methods To Remove Calcium Deposits On Teeth

June 30, 2024
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Calcium deposits are actually tartar and are a frequent dental concern. These hardened buildups on tooth surfaces are a real damper to one’s smile. But more importantly, it poses a threat to your long-term oral health as well. Let’s take a deeper look at why calcium deposits on teeth and ways you can fix it.

What Are Those Calcium Deposits On Teeth?

Calcium deposits, tartar or calculus may appear simple but can wreak havoc on the teeth. The initial stages of plaque and tartar accumulation can silently erode gum health and tooth structure.

Signs and Symptoms

Early detection is needed to prevent this issue from getting worse. Here are some telltale signs that can help you:

  • Persistent Sticky Film: Once you stop adequately brushing your teeth, a persistent slippery film on your teeth forms. This shows the presence of plaque that is loaded with bacteria. If this is left untreated, plaque calcifies into tartar, significantly increasing its destructive potential.
  • Chronic Halitosis: The bacterial activity with plaque and tartar brings along unpleasant mouth odors, leading to chronic bad breath (halitosis). This persistent sign signifies an underlying issue requiring attention.
  • Bleeding Gums: It is a given that healthy gums do not bleed. If you experience swelling, red, inflamed gums that bleed during brushing or flossing, it is a clear warning sign. This bleeding indicates that the tartar buildup is irritating your gum tissue, a potential precursor to more serious problems.

Ignoring these early warnings imposes a significant consequence and can lead to a cascade of conditions such as:

  • Gingivitis (Early Stage Gum Disease): This initial stage comes with inflammation and bleeding of the gums.
  • Periodontitis (Severe Gum Infection): If gingivitis gets time to evolve, it worsens into periodontitis, a severe version that damages gum tissues and supporting bone structure.
  • Gum Recession: As the infection advances, your gums start receding, exposing teeth roots and increasing sensitivity.
  • Cavities: Bacteria trapped under the tartar erodes tooth enamel, leading to the formation of cavities.
  • Tooth Loss: In severe cases, the damage to the supporting bone structure is so extensive that it leads to tooth loss.
  • Tooth Abscess (Infection): Bacteria can seep deep into the tooth pulp, causing a painful abscess; this change requires immediate dental intervention.

Removing Calcium Deposits From Teeth

Adequate brushing and flossing usually get rid of most plaque, which prevents calcium deposits from forming. However, tartar can arise both above and below the gum line. Unfortunately, this development can only be removed by a dentist. This is one of the main aims of regular dental cleaning. Dental care experts have many routes up their sleeve to treat this:

  1. Scaling: Scaling is a method that uses specialized tools to physically remove calcium deposits from your teeth. In these modern times, dentists often use ultrasonic scrapers to get rid of tartar. These instruments work by vibrating at a very high rate and shooting water to get rid of the deposits.
  2. Polishing: After teeth are scaled and cleaned, they are smoothed out to provide a final deep clean. This works great to not only improve your smile’s appearance but also get rid of areas that attract bacterial buildup.
  3. Scaling and root planing: In tougher cases, dentists often choose the more extensive route, deep dental cleaning that includes both scaling and root planing to remove calcium deposits that go further below the gum line around the bone.

Closing Note

By detecting the early signs of calcium deposits on teeth you can prevent them from hampering your smile as well as progressing into something worse. If you want to learn more about this or have queries in mind, do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Omad Chaudhary, FICOI, at Enhance Dental. With more than seven years of experience, you can rely on him to find the solution to all your troubles. Call (919) 569-5719 to connect with us.

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