A member asked:

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

7 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. David Schneider answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Use local anesthetic: We always use local anesthetic (novocaine) and it is not painful at all.

Answered 8/7/2012



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.

Answered 9/26/2012



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.

Answered 11/2/2019



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