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

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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I'm getting a deep cleaning (teeth) tomorrow and they are giving me laughing gas. Is that normal for a cleaning or should I be worried?

I'm getting a deep cleaning (teeth) tomorrow and they are giving me laughing gas. Is that normal for a cleaning or should I be worried?

Deep Cleaning: No worries. You probably have calculus buildup and/or deep pocketing. To treat you correctly and thoroughly, the hygienist (or dentist) will need to get under the gum to remove the debris. This can become uncomfortable, but with the nitrous oxide you'll be relaxed and indifferent. ...Read more

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How do I deep clean teeth with deep grooves?

How do I deep clean teeth with deep grooves?

Deep grooves: Avoid foods that are sticky, starchy and sugary that will more easily linger in the grooves increasing your chance of dental decay. Other than spending enough time and pressure with the bristles of a tooth brush, there is not much else you can do as far as cleaning. However, speak to your dentist about Fluoride treatments and perhaps dental sealants. ...Read more

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How is deep cleaning of teeth done?

How is deep cleaning of teeth done?

Don't Worry: Normally the affected area is numbed first. This can be done with traditional local anesthetic or a needle-less topical alternative. Once the gums are numb, the hygienist will remove all the debris which has collected below the gums, with ultrasonic and hand instruments. Then the roots are gently smoothed. Often, a medicated rinse is placed, or long-lasting antibiotics. You'll be comfortable. ...Read more

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What is deep cleaning for teeth . Is it safe?

What is deep cleaning for teeth . Is it safe?

Absolutely !: Deep cleaning is indicated for patients who have an unusually large amount of calculus and/or periodontal pocketing. It involves meticulous removal of hardened deposits above and below the gumline in an effort to bring the gums back to optimum health. It is perfectly safe. ...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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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 i still wear my retainer after getting a deep cleaning for teeth with anesthesia and using a oralrinse 2x a day. it is chlorhexidine gluconate .12?

Can i still wear my retainer after getting a deep cleaning for teeth with anesthesia and using a oralrinse 2x a day. it is chlorhexidine gluconate .12?

Of course: Retainers are the key to preventing tooth movement. After your teeth are thoroughly cleaned always use your retainers and chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse can be used to disinfect retainers. ...Read more

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Dentist did laser/deep cleaning on teeth/gums. I have gum disease. Bacteria test is positive. Have stomach ulcers. Can i take align with metronizadole?

Dentist did laser/deep cleaning on teeth/gums. I have gum disease. Bacteria test is positive. Have stomach ulcers. Can i take align with metronizadole?

Not necessary: Align is a probiotic supplement for your digestive health. Antibiotic may kill the good bacteria and disrupt the balance of its activities. When using lanap or laser therapy, most of the time the antibiotic is an adjunctive procedure and not required. Discuss with your periodontist about not using antibiotics. Strict follow up, occlusal adjustment, and recall is what brings success to your tx. ...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.

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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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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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 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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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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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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