Moffitt Restorative Dentistry

Stages of Calculus Formation on Teeth

Feb 03 2017

Throughout the day soft deposit called plaque forms on teeth continually. When left undisrupted (not flossing and brushing), minerals in saliva calcify the soft deposit into calculus or tarter. Plaque can be brushed and flossed off the teeth, however, once calcified; it would need to be removed by a dental professional. At Moffitt Restorative Dentistry, we use specific instruments to remove hardened deposit that adheres to the teeth both above and below the gum line. If calculus is left on the teeth to accumulate, not only are the teeth more susceptible to decay, the gum tissue also becomes infected.

Notice in the below pictures the progression of inflammation in the soft pink tissue (top picture) to the red, infected tissue (bottom picture). Calculus left on teeth contributes to cavities, stain accumulation, bad breath, and periodontal disease (gum disease) which leads to bone loss.

Light Calculus Deposit

Moderate Calculus Deposit

Heavy Calculus Deposit



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