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Ultrasonic Teeth Cleaning Painful
Can ultrasonic teeth cleaning make holes in my teeth that werent there before i got the cleaning done?
No but...: If you have unhealthy enamel already (decalcification spots on your teeth), extensive, improper use of ultrasonic devices can cause cavitation (holes) that weren't there before. Now for this to happen, the teeth have to be pretty darn weak to begin with. So really, the answer to your question is no. ...Read more
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
I was wondering what are the pros and cons of getting an ultrasonic teeth cleaning verus hand scaling?
Prophylaxis: Both hand scalers and ultrasonic scalers can accomplish the same thing. Most dentists and dental hygienists have a preference and the vast majority use both. Some patients find the noise and vibration more annoying with the ultrasonic scalers. As a dentist i personally find the ultrasonic scaler more effective and quicker in removing calculus and deposits although i often use hand scalers as well. ...Read more
Possibly.: Hard brushes and some toothpastes can abrade enamel and exposed root. There are metal cleaning picks being sold that should never be used for the same reason. Watch your cleaning technique. Some people are sensitive to detergents in some toothpastes or rinses, such as sodium laurel sulfate, and may develop mouth sores as a result. Have your dentist demonstrate the best products for your mouth. ...Read more
Removes debris : Deep cleaning or scaling of teeth is done to remove debris (tarter) and toxins from the root of each tooth as well as the sulcus (collar of gum tissue around each tooth). These are removed as they cause inflammation of these tissues, and subsequent bone loss (periodontal disease). You will also find your breath with will improve from removal of the active disease, bacteria and toxins. ...Read more
Cleaning: To be certain all the bleach is removed from your teeth. ...Read more
Can be: If you need it there can be a benefit. You want to be sure you have an accurate diagnosis indicating inflammation, pocket depths over 3 mm, bleeding on probing and possible horizontal bone loss. If not sure, get a second opinion from a Periodontist. After all, it is your mouth and you should be knowledgeable about and confident in any treatment and Provider. Due Diligence. Good Luck. ...Read more
Definetely: The dental hygenists are educated and trained to perform different types of teeth cleaning. In most cases, they clean your teeth more efficiently and effectively than the dentists. But the dentists supervising the hygenists should give you the periodic / routine exam, not the hygenists. ...Read more
It depends: On the condition of your gums and the amount of bleeding during the cleaning. Tooth colored fillings are "technique" sensitive and do not turn out well if there is a lot of bleeding and mushy gums around. ...Read more
Perhaps: It's hard for an office to plan out the day, if they don't even know what you yet need. Those offices that do it the same day, are usually the reason the other people are sitting in the waiting room for an hour. ...Read more
What's the best way to make my child less fearful of teeth cleanings? I'm going to be taking my son to his second teeth cleaning in a few weeks, and he's already starting to panic. Is there anything i can do to ease his worries heading into the appointmen
I : I recommend bringing your son with you when you have your cleaning done if he can sit still and watch you do it. Many times it helps the kids get used to the idea of visiting a dentist's office and not having any pain. ...Read more
Cost is relative : These days. People will without hesitation spend $250 on a pair of sneakers but will balk at paying $150 for a relatively good cleaning and will find a coupon for a $29 cleaning. It's a material world! i tell my patients a saying i once heard -- "be true to your teeth or they will be false to you". So invest in your health - you can't go wrong there. ...Read more
I had got teeth cleaning and feelin about a week ago and and as of today im getting pain in that area.. What can it b it hurts bad?
Teeth cleaning 5 days ago my 2 bottom teeth still hurt Is this from the cleaning or something else? I've had a cleaning before and didnt have a prob
Go See your DentIt's: After five days you shouldn't have much soreness unless the dentist had to do extreme cleaning. Go back and have him/her check it out. ...Read more
None: I can't say i've used bleaching gel for normal cleanings. We normally scale the teeth with either hand scalers or an ultrasonic scaler and then polish with a toothpaste-like medium. ...Read more
Yes!: You should still see your dentist twice a year for a cleaning. Brushing and flossing remove plaque but not all of it. As plaque is left to harden it creates tartar, only a dental hygienist or professional cleaning can remove tartar buildup. Additionally, it's important to see a dentist regularly to prevent any problems, like cavities, before the get worse. ...Read more
Everyone is unique: Everyone is unique in their dental needs. Some people have a very high predisposition to dental disease. For these more frequent visits are recommended. Talk to your dentist or hygienist and ask about your risk for dental disease. Hope this helps, . ...Read more
Clearance: The Dentist or specialist Periodontist who did your deep cleaning should reevaluate you and clear you for Orthodontic care. Depending on pre-treatment findings, 2 weeks-3 months. As you have extant periodontal disease (otherwise a deep cleaning would not have been necessary) I would recommend Ortho Rx by a specialist Orthodontist, and alternating 3 month cleanings between GP & Periodontist. ...Read more
Close but not exactl: Brushing frequently is great but you cannot get your teeth as clean a dental cleaning by a professional. They can clean your teeth and get the deposits of calculus off the areas that your tooth brush just cannot reach. ...Read more
I got a teeth cleaning yesterday and later that night i was kissing my girlfriend was that a bad idea?
Not a problem: Sounds like a good idea as a reward for taking care of your teeth. Encourage your girlfriend to do the same. ...Read more
How long does it take for a teeth cleaning to heal? im thinking of getting invisalign right away my teeth cleaning.
Depends: Depends on pre-Rx gum/bone damage. Do not even consider OrthoRx unless your supporting tissues are completely healthy. If you have even early onset gum disease I would recommend that your General Dentist have you evaluated and treated by specialists, a Periodontist and an Orthodontist for best quality, most successful, treatment. ...Read more
Only if predisposed:
You could possibly have TMJ or facial muscle pain (of short duration) after a long dental appointment (from keeping your mouth open a long time). But most dental appointments are shorter, or your mouth isn't open for the entire appointment.
Try ice (on top of cloth on skin) or washcloth dipped in warm water, placed against the side with discomfort, repeat for several times to heat soak the area. ...Read more
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
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