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How painful is a deep scaling, i need to have it done on 3 small teeth?

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Dr. David Schneider
Dentistry 38 years experience
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 is usually osseous surgery, done for more advanced perio disease that hasn't been treated. By having deep cleanings done sooner than later, it will be easier and then future, more frequent dental visits will keep disease from progressing.
Dr. Philip T. Reynolds
General Practice 35 years experience
Should be painless.: Most dentists use anesthietic to numb the area before deep cleaning, therefore the procedure should be painless. If done early and if appropriatley scheduled checkup appointments are kept, then more advanced procedures for repair of periodontal disease damage can be avoided, and hence avoidance of greater pain. Win win.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

How painful is a deep scaling, I need to have deep scaling on 3 small teeth but terrified of going to my appt?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
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 to hurt too much. Usually scaling is a bit uncomfortable. Extent of material to be cleaned determines time and perhaps discomfort. Make sure to thoroughly floss and brush twice per day once scaling is complete to prevent recurrence.

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