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Deep Cleaning Teeth
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had a deep cleaning on teeth a week ago and my right jaw still hurts where i got the numbing shot. Is this normal?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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