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Can scraping during dental deep cleaning cause tooth fractures?

Can scraping during dental deep cleaning cause tooth fractures?

Rare: I have never heard of that happening. It is possible that there might already be a crack in a tooth that is further exposed by a dental cleaning. Dental cleaning is good for your and harmless. ...Read more

Dr. Harinder Gill
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Is it possible my DH fractured my tooth? My tooth broke the day after my deep cleaning.

Is it possible my DH fractured my tooth? My tooth broke the day after my deep cleaning.

Coincidental: Tooth was probably fractured to begin with. See your Dentist for treatment. ...Read more

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Is a deep cleaning something that should be done regularly? I had a deep cleaning performed at the dentist during my last visit, and my teeth have felt great. I know this isn't something to have done every sixth months, but is it something that should be

Is a deep cleaning something that should be done regularly? I had a deep cleaning performed at the dentist during my last visit, and my teeth have felt great. I know this isn't something to have done every sixth months, but is it something that should be

The: The deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) were probably needed because you hadn't had a professional hygiene visit in a while. Now that the tissues around your teeth are healthy and tight, it feels great.

Keep brushing and flossing daily, and visit your dentist regularly. With routine check-ups and cleanings, you will minimize the need for deep cleanings. ...Read more

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Is damage to your gums caused by gingivitis irreversible? I like to think I take good care of my teeth, but at my dentist appointment last week my dentist said I have gingivitis and could need a deep cleaning. Is any damage caused by this permanent? What

Is damage to your gums caused by gingivitis irreversible? I like to think I take good care of my teeth, but at my dentist appointment last week my dentist said I have gingivitis and could need a deep cleaning. Is any damage caused by this permanent? What

Yes: Gingivitis is defined as gum inflammation that is confined to the surface of the gums and it is reversible. The reason for treating it is to prevent is from going deeper and turning into periodontitis, a much more serious, and not always reversible, condition. ...Read more

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Can a dentist refuse a dental cleaning, if he insists on doing a deep cleaning on three teeth? All I wanted was a regular cleaning.

Can a dentist refuse a dental cleaning, if he insists on doing a deep cleaning on three teeth? All I wanted was a regular cleaning.

Yes: If you your dentist says that you need a deep cleaning on some of your teeth then he should have informed you that you have periodontal disease affecting those areas and the standard of care for treatment is scaling and root planing (deep cleaning). Your dentist can either choose to not treat you the way you request or have you sign an informed refusal to treat the periodontal disease then clean. ...Read more

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Gingivitis and my teeth need deep cleaning. Where can I go?

Gingivitis and my teeth need deep cleaning. Where can I go?

GD or Periodontist: Some dentists only treat the mildest forms of periodontal (gum) disease known as gingivitis and refer anything more serious to a periodontist. Others have additional training and experience and may also perform such procedures as "deep cleanings". Make sure you first have your own dentist give you a complete and thorough dental checkup and then ask who he or she recommends for your periodontal tx. ...Read more

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Had a deep cleaning on teeth a week ago and my right jaw still hurts where I got the numbing shot. Is this normal?

Had a deep cleaning on teeth a week ago and my right jaw still hurts where I got the numbing shot. Is this normal?

Sometimes: If the muscle was pierced during injection, in can be tender for a while. Suggest moist heat and ibuprofen to help resolve ...Read more

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I had a deep cleaning about a week ago and have been brushing and flossing much better. One of my bottom teeth is a little loose. What should I do?

I had a deep cleaning about a week ago and have been brushing and flossing much better. One of my bottom teeth is a little loose. What should I do?

Visit a periodontist: Who is gum specialist and see if your situation makes you a candidate for bone grafting, preventing further bone loss and loose teeth. ...Read more

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Had deep cleaning, class 5 redone, regular teeth cleaning. Dentistsaidcomeback2month. Why do I still have inflame gums between 2 teeth? Bleed little

Had deep cleaning, class 5 redone, regular teeth cleaning. Dentistsaidcomeback2month. Why do I still have inflame gums between 2 teeth? Bleed little

Local gingivitis: See your dentist sooner to get your gums checked before the complications of the periodontal disease. ...Read more

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I got deep cleaning done 3 weeks ago. My gums were fine but now the gum surrounding my front teeth is inflamed and has started to bleed. What to do?

I got deep cleaning done 3 weeks ago. My gums were fine but now the gum surrounding my front teeth is inflamed and has started to bleed. What to do?

Return: Return to the Dentist or gum specialist (Periodontist) that treated you. May be as simple as some impacted food debris. May be a more complex problem. But we can't treat you over the computer, and your Dentist has x-rays of the area, so return for reevaluation. ...Read more

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Could you tell me about deep cleaning teeth? What does it mean?

It means: Going below the gumline into the deep pockets and cleaning out all the accumulated tarter. This will help the gums heal and with great homecare and regular cleanings you can save your teeth for your lifetime. Gum disease that requires deep cleaning destroys the bone that hold the teeth causing them to become loose and eventually lost. ...Read more

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Can I avoid deep cleaning if I get my teeth scale & polish frequently?

Can I avoid deep cleaning if I get my teeth scale & polish frequently?

Probably: If you haven't been told that you have gum disease before and haven't had deep cleanings before, then yes, regular cleanings involving scaling and polishing can help you avoid gum disease. Deep cleanings are generally done when there are signs of active gum disease. While regular cleanings are helpful, your daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing has a greater impact. ...Read more

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Can professional teeth deep-cleaning be dangerous if you have had angioplasty done before?

Can professional teeth deep-cleaning be dangerous if you have had angioplasty done before?

Should not: If you are concerned you should speak to your cardiologist and dentist to see if they would like you to have prophylactic antibiotics, but it is not considered necessary by the aha. You should know that a deep cleaning can very well cause you to have bacterimia which means you have bacteria in your blood. This does not mean you will have complications though. This happens more than people think. ...Read more

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I have a hole inbetween my gums and teeth after a deep cleaning, is this normal?

I have a hole inbetween my gums and teeth after a deep cleaning, is this normal?

It is normal: It is likely that you finally have tartar removed between your teeth and it feels like a "hole". If you are not certain or concern, see your dentist for re-evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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After a deep cleaning, it feels like I have no gums between my bottom front teeth. Is this normal nd why?

After a deep cleaning, it feels like I have no gums between my bottom front teeth. Is this normal nd why?

Yes: It feels that way because your gums may have had some inflamation. When you had them cleaned the inflamation was reduced causing the feeling to feel as if they do not exist. ...Read more

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I've been told that I need a deep cleaning, but do I really? I went to a new dentist in my new town last week, and he told me I needed to come back for a deep cleaning. I've always taken great care of my teeth, and have never needed this procedure before.

Periodontal: Periodontal disease can be a painless process. Simple because you don't "feel" anything, does is not indicate the treatment required. A current full set of radiographs and periodontial probings (which measure the depth of the pockets of the gums around each tooth) will indicate the severity of the problem. The deeper the pockets, the more dense the build up, and the amount of bone loss, will all determine whether scaling (deep cleaning) is needed. Left untreated, you may not notice anything abnormal until you develop a periodontal abscess or tooth mobility, which can lead to tooth loss. The types of bacteria that causes periodontal disease is different from the types that cause decay. Therefore, if you do not have any fillings that does not mean that you can not have periodontal issues. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink alcohol after deep cleaning of teeth?

Is it ok to drink alcohol after deep cleaning of teeth?

Yes, Usually: If you had a regular "deep cleaning, " what dentists call scaling and root planing, then you can drink alcohol--usually by the next day or so. However, if you had a more assertive procedure--perhaps surgery, or something which required stitches--you should avoid alcohol until everything has healed properly. Each case is different, so ask you dentist, periodontist, or hygienist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about mobile teeth and deep cleaning/root planing, can you help me?

Can you tell me about mobile teeth and deep cleaning/root planing, can you help me?

See a Periodontist: When your dentist sees perio pockets depths of 4mm or higher he/she will recommend a periodontal deep cleaning. It requires local anesthetic because the teeth are scraped several millimeters below the gum line. It also has to be done in a few separate visits. If your loose and mobile teeth, your dentist can refer you to a specialist periodontist. ...Read more

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Can I have a deep cleaning for teeth with fillings?

Can I have a deep cleaning for teeth with fillings?

Why?: If you have bad gums you need a thorough job, and your gums may bleed. The rubber dam is placed to protect the fillings from contamination, it is more difficult with bleeding gums. If you get the filling before the deep cleaning and you have cavities under the gum level, the fillings may not adapt properly. Discuss the Pros and Cons with your dentist. ...Read more

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My teeth feel loose after a deep cleaning. Will they tighten up on their own or should I have a procedure done?

Within normal limits: Though somewhat normal, this may be lessened by more frequent flossing BETWEEN cleanings. You likely have some gingivitis occurring. ...Read more

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Why is it that when go to dentist that they know what to do a deep cleaning before they fix ur teeth I'm afraid of dentist but had to go?

Why is it that when go to dentist that they know what to do a deep cleaning before they fix ur teeth I'm afraid of dentist but had to go?

Standard of care: Teeth cleaning is literally a preventive treatment of a gum disease. Before making a decision to have any dental treatments performed, you should have a professional dental cleaning done first. ...Read more

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Does it take 2 months to heal inflame gums after deep cleaning/class 5 redone? Other parts of gums was heal except 1 part of gums between 2 teeth?

Does it take 2 months to heal inflame gums after deep cleaning/class 5 redone? Other parts of gums was heal except 1 part of gums between 2 teeth?

See a periodontist: It is very important to see a periodontist if you experience any of the symptoms of a refractory periodontal disease. A periodontist is a dentist specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and alveolar bone resorption. ...Read more

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Is it normal to take over 2 months for inflame gums between 2 teeth to heal after deep cleaning? I had inflame gums heal in one area faster than other

Is it normal to take over 2 months for inflame gums between 2 teeth to heal after deep cleaning? I had inflame gums heal in one area faster than other

It varies: Healing of tissues varies from one patient to another and sometimes in the same patient. That depends on many local and systemic factors related to the patient and the procedure performed. If healing is prolonged, check with your dentist to evaluate if a certain intervention may be needed. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have teeth x-rays & deep cleaning when you're already pregnant?

Yes: Yes it is. The x-ray tech should give you a lead apron to place over your belly to protect the baby, and the amount of radiation used for dental x-rays is relatively low. The deep cleaning should not affect your baby at all. In fact, many dentists recommend dental cleaning during pregnancy, because the change in hormones can make your gums more susceptible to gum disease. ...Read more

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I just got a deep cleaning, do I still need a regular cleaning? I want to get my teeth molded for invisalign so I want a clear mouth. I havetatar left

I just got a deep cleaning, do I still need a regular cleaning? I want to get my teeth molded for invisalign so I want a clear mouth. I havetatar left

Of course: After the deep cleaning, you should be seen for periodontal maintenance visits which generally occur every 3-4 months due to the risk of developing subgingival calculus once again. Always properly clean your teeth with invisalign and maintain good oral health. Good luck. ...Read more