How Often is Scaling and Polishing required after Filling?

Introduction :

Generally, after having a filling done, you won’t need to do scaling or polishing right away because the filling will still have its natural shine. However, as time goes by, the natural finish of the filling may fade away because of brushing.

Therefore, to retain the shine of the filled tooth, we will need to do dental polishing treatment periodically. Contact us to find out more about dental scaling and polishing needed after filling. 

oral hygiene instruction is important for scaling and polishing

What is scaling and polishing?

Dental scaling and polishing is where you get your teeth checked and cleaned by the dentist. Dental scaling and polishing is an important part of the your oral hygiene routine.

Besides cleaning your teeth and keeping your oral health in check, the dentist can also detect any problems that you might have regarding your oral health, such as gum disease or cavities.

Teeth cleaning routine will normally include: dental scaling and polishing

brushing for scaling and polishing


Dental scaling involves removal of the harden tartar which may accumulate overtime due to bacteria and plaque on your teeth. When we eat or drink, the food and bacteria may be stuck to our teeth and this may result in the accumulation of harden plaque which is tartar.

In this case, normal brushing and flossing may not be sufficient to remove the hardened tartar. Thus, a procedure called scaling is necessary to remove the hardened tartar. Dental scaling will loosen and remove plaque and tartar without damaging your gums and teeth.


Dental polishing is usually done after scaling. The purpose of dental polishing is to remove surface stains on your teeth, this will make your teeth smooth and shiny. During dental polishing your dentist will use another equipment, to polish your teeth with a special paste.

The number of times you need dental scaling and polishing depends on your oral health. You might need to get your teeth cleaned every six months. This differs for every patient, do contact us to schedule your teeth cleaning and consultation to find out more.

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Frequently Asked Questions regarding Dental Scaling and Polishing

How much does dental scaling and polishing cost?

Depends on your oral health, a general dental scaling and polishing should cost anywhere from $70-$130 for adults. However, if a deep cleaning is required, it may cost more, do contact us for a consultation if you have any more queries. Questions about how often we need scaling and polishing after fillings? here.

Does the procedure of dental scaling and polishing hurt?

If the procedure is done regularly, dental scaling and polishing should not hurt. Most people find it painless, and have minimum discomfort.

But if deep cleaning of stubborn tartar is needed, sore gums or exposed sensitive surfaces of the teeth can result in pain. If the pain is unbearable, local anesthetic can be requested, but this is rare. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about deep cleaning.

Do I have to get dental scaling and polishing if I brush and floss my teeth regularly and have been doing it well?

The answer is yes. This is because the hardened plaque or tartar may be still be present in between your teeth. Difficult areas to clean may not be easily removed by brushing or flossing. In fact, hardened tartar can only be removed by professional dental scaling and polishing.

dental instruments for scaling and polishing


We hope that you have a better idea of dental scaling and polishing and how it can help to maintain healthy gums and teeth. Book an appointment with us for a consultation if you have further inquiries!

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