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is dental scaling painful

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavanjit Chhabra
18 years experience Dentistry
Sometimes: Scaling can be painful if you have inflammation of the gums.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
42 years experience Dentistry
Occasionally: Due to each person's individual tolerance for discomfort, what is uncomfortable or painful to one person is often tolerable to another person. The ... Read More
Dr. Lon Kessler
Specializes in Dentistry
No: Most patients are anesthetized prior to scaling to provide a more comfortable experience

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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Scaling\Root Planing: Most patients have this done with local anesthesia and therefore feel nothing during the procedure. Some slight sensitivity of the teeth and slight so ... Read More
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Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Yes, it does hurt: However, the dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the mouth and the gums keeping you comfortable. Also you can request a nitrous oxide or oral ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
Ortho phosphoricacid: Use super phosphozyme $15 by biotic research. Use few drops in your mouth after few min rinse - the scales will disintegrate and fall off. After this ... Read More
Dr. David Schneider
37 years experience Dentistry
Use local anesthetic: We always use local anesthetic (novocaine) and it is not painful at all.
Dr. Dell Goodrick
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Comfortable: Scaling and root planing is not uncomfortable with the use of anesthetic. You may hear horror stories about deep cleaning being painful. However, that ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anifat Balogun
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Better to go to appt: Ask your dentist for suggestions on medication they you an take for pain control. Ask if the can apply a local anesthetic to the area(s) if it starts ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joy Poskozim
Specializes in Dentistry
Deep gums cleaning: Scalers are the instruments that are used to clean teeth ; gums. Gum disease is when the gums begin to pull away from the teeth ; roots due to irrita ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Of concern: The more accretions you had on your teeth, the more severe the inflammation in your gum tissues, the greater the healing-time discomfort. If you are ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Cavitation / scaling: The ultrasonic cleaner uses a high frequency vibrating tip, irrigated with water, to break apart encrusted calculus and kill bacterial cells by bursti ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Hanley
42 years experience Orthodontics
Removing calculus: Scaling of the teeth involves using sharp instruments to remove hardened plaque from your teeth. The dentist or dental hygienists uses scalers to remo ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Francis
29 years experience Periodontics
Probably: The most commonly used instrument for that procedure is a sonic scaler; a vibrating tip that sprays water.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
10 years experience Pain Management
Yes: Dental cleaning and scaling cleans off plaque as well as any calculus.

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