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I just had a filling redone and a teeth cleaning, as well as infection control/barrier techniques. How long do the teeth stay sensitive?

I just had a filling redone and a teeth cleaning, as well as infection control/barrier techniques. How long do the teeth stay sensitive?

Day or two...: Without more details, I suggest NSAID's prn and it should resolve in 24-48 hours. The sensitivity is usually due to the soft tissue trauma from the procedure(s). ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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After teeth cleaning how long until the gums stop swelling?

After teeth cleaning how long until the gums stop swelling?

One week: The gum tissue closest to the teeth turns over in as little as 7 days. Therefore, after a deep cleaning, the swelling should subside within 7 days. This is provided that you maintain the health of your gums with daily flossing and twice daily brushing. Within 2 weeks you should notice an improvement in the health and texture of your gums. ...Read more

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Is it normal to bleed during aggressive teeth cleaning and to have sores in your gum and mouth 3 days afterwards?

Is it normal to bleed during aggressive teeth cleaning and to have sores in your gum and mouth 3 days afterwards?

Could be: By aggressive teeth cleaning, i'm assuming deep teeth & gum cleaning (scaling & root planing). Healthy gums do not bleed but if you haven't been flossing properly, regularly & you've just had a deep cleaning, it's not uncommon to have sore gums & bleeding for a couple of weeks. Hopefully, your dentist/hygienist has given you good oral hygiene instructions. If still bleeding after 2 wks, get seen. ...Read more

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During a teeth cleaning the nurse cut my gum. The next day my tooth was infected. No cavity or problem with tooth. Now a root canal? What happened?

Not related: Sometimes gums become inflamed, and when a cleaning is done, especially under the gum line, the infected gums will bleed. Teeth require RC treatment because of decay or, rarely, fracture or trauma. If gum disease severe you could have a combined Perio/Endo (gum/root canal) infection. Call your Dentist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can a dentist cause you to get gum recession with a teeth cleaning or using too much force on teeth or gums in a teeth cleaning? or use something else

Can a dentist cause you to get gum recession with a teeth cleaning or using too much force on teeth or gums in a teeth cleaning? or use something else

No: Gum recession and periodontal disease occurs over a long period of time, not in the 1/2 hour or forty five minutes you sit in the dental chair, possibly twice per year. The treatment we administer to our patients is to help them, not hurt them. Your recession is from brushing too hard, grinding your teeth, or neglect. Don't blame your dentist. ...Read more

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Could m. Catarrhalis bacteria entered my system when I got teeth cleaning. Felt like dentist was greasing my gums as he cleaned w this abbrasivedevice?

Could m. Catarrhalis bacteria entered my system when I got teeth cleaning. Felt like dentist was greasing my gums as he cleaned w this abbrasivedevice?

Yes, but not problem: First, dental instruments are all sterile, and many are disposable, so no concern about cross contamination. Second, there are hundreds of species of bacteria in the normal oral flora. Any manipulation (dental cleaning, brushing, flossing, eating, etc) can allow small amounts to enter your blood stream. The instruments your dentist used is not problematic. Keep going for cleanings. ...Read more

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Black spot near the gum line..I had teeth cleaning made by a dentist 2 days back and he said that my teeth don't have any cavities but today i find a b?

See your dentist: Visit your dentist for re-evaluation to check the "Black spot". Could be only a simple stain or gigngival cavity. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Why do I have a swollen gum after a teeth cleaning? I was in for my regular six month check up last week, and since then the gum on the rear lower left side of my jaw looks and feels swollen. There is not a lot of pain, but it is a bit tender. Could my de

Why do I have a swollen gum after a teeth cleaning? I was in for my regular six month check up last week, and since then the gum on the rear lower left side of my jaw looks and feels swollen. There is not a lot of pain, but it is a bit tender. Could my de

Drs : Drs zweig and mcleod have given you good advice. Sometimes the gum is irritated from the cleaning, sometimes a bit of calculus may have lodged in the space between the gum and tooth, causing an inflammatory response.

Regarding the dentist you are currently seeing... The choice is yours. You should feel comfortable with the person who is treating you. If you were, you wouldn't be asking for our advice... You would have called him first.

Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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Why does teeth cleaning hurt so much and make my gums bleed? My dental hygienist seems very enthusiastic with her scraping. Do i really do that bad of a job keeping my teeth clean? It didn't used to hurt this much. I brush three times daily and floss most

Why does teeth cleaning hurt so much and make my gums bleed? My dental hygienist seems very enthusiastic with her scraping. Do i really do that bad of a job keeping my teeth clean? It didn't used to hurt this much. I brush three times daily and floss most

I explain 2 patients: All my colleagues gave you some great answers & i agree with all their comments. I would just like to add one perspective in answering this question. I have known dental offices that may be less than completely thorough to ensure that their patients are comfortable for cleanings. In our office our first priority is to be as thorough as possible as we want the best for our patient's dental health. ...Read more

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Had teeth cleaning done with mouth wash to treat my gingivitis. Now i feel a burning sensation on the tongue with itchy, swollen gums. Help?

Had teeth cleaning done with mouth wash to treat my gingivitis. Now i feel a burning sensation on the tongue with itchy, swollen gums. Help?

Call your dentist: Call your dentist and advise him\her of this situation. We don't know anything about your medical and dental history, nor what was specifically used as the mouth wash. Therefore, we are at a disadvantage regarding diagnosis or recommendations. It sounds like your tissues were irritated by or having an allergic reaction to one or more of the ingredients. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an infection in my gums/teeth?

How do I know if I have an infection in my gums/teeth?

Gingivitis: Bleeding gums can be a sign that you already have, gum disease. The bacteria and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed. This is a serious problem, which should be checked professionally by a dentist. The good news is that this condition is curable. Call your dentist today! ...Read more

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I take ofloxacin 200 mg for teeth n gum infection , is it ok?

I take ofloxacin 200 mg for teeth n gum infection , is it ok?

Not the best: It is always best to see a dentist and determine what is going on and get a perscription for the most appropriate antibiotic and not use something that you had leftover from another infection in a different part of your body. This is not the drug of choice to treat an oral infection. It will not cure your infection. You need dental treatment now. ...Read more

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What to do if my gum infection and infection oin the teeth to the bone on 3 molars teeths I need help.?

See a dentist ASAP: This infection will not resolve on its own with home care. The most common type of dental abscess is a tooth, and the second most common is a gum or combination of both tooth-gum abscess. In order to get appropriate treatment it is important to know the underlying cause for this infection. Rec.: see your dentist for evaluation, x-rays and treatment.
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Is it possible for someone without teeth to have infection in their gums?

Is it possible for someone without teeth to have infection in their gums?

Yes: An infected laceration or traumatized area due to a denture could become infected as well. There is a chance that a piece of tooth may remain in the area and be part of the problem. If you are concerned see your dentist. ...Read more

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My bottom row teeth have recently slanted and are crooked due to a infection in my gums. Is it possible for my teeth to be straightened out?

Possible: Can't tell without more information. See an Orthodontic Specialist for an initial examination (usually free or low cost). The Orthodontist can then work with your Dentist and possibly a Periodontist (gum specialist) to restore your mouth to optimum health. Ask your Dentist to recommend the best "adult orthodontist" in your area. ...Read more

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I have no teeth at back of my gums top and bottom at the left side had xrays all clear no abcess or infection but i have ter4ible pain in gums how do?

I have no teeth at back of my gums top and bottom at the left side had xrays all clear no abcess or infection but i have ter4ible pain in gums how do?

Oral Surgeon: Lots more information is needed. Duration of the pain. Character, frequency, duration, exacerbating and mitigating factors. You need to see a specialist. Oral surgeon, or orofacial pain specialist. Don't bother with your primary care doc. ...Read more

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I visit dentist tdy as my teeth/gum are hurting all day for a month & she said mayb its gum infection & gave me a mouthwash. Shld it be that all??

I visit dentist tdy as my teeth/gum are hurting all day for a month & she said mayb its gum infection & gave me a mouthwash.  Shld it be that all??

No, not enough: Something is missing here. Mouthwash is not enough if you have a periodontal (gum) infection. Did she do a full exam? Clean your teeth? Take radiographs (X-rays)? Show you how to properly brush & floss? If upper teeth hurt could be a sinus infection. What is the status of your wisdom teeth? Either you missed something she told you or she didn't do enough, but mouthwash alone is NOT ENOUGH. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Teeth Cleaning (Definition)

Tooth decay and gum disease are largely caused by plaque, a sticky combination of bacteria and food. Plaque begins to accumulate on teeth within 20 minutes after eating. If this plaque is not removed thoroughly each day, tooth decay will flourish. Over time, plaque ...Read more