Nervous about a deep teeth cleaning

If you are nervous about getting a teeth cleaning, this article is for you. We will delve into what a deep cleaning entails, the benefits of having a deep cleaning, and why you should not have to worry about getting one done if performed by the proper dental team.

Is it painful getting a deep cleaning at the dentist?

If you are in need of a deep teeth cleaning (also known as Scaling and Root Planing), you’re probably wondering if it hurts. The good news is that your dental team will more than likely numb you for the procedure with a local anesthetic. Now the injections that are given are going to be uncomfortable, especially for your bottom teeth. Once the numbing has kicked into action, you should not have any more discomfort for the course of the treatment.

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How long does a deep cleaning take at the dentist?

This will ultimately depend on how much plaque and tartar you have built up around your teeth and underneath your gum tissue. The more tartar that needs to be removed, the longer the procedure will take. On average, a deep cleaning takes around one hour to complete.

Will my teeth hurt after a deep cleaning?

More than likely, your teeth will be sensitive for a period of 1-2 weeks after your dental cleaning. The reason why they end up being sensitive is that after the tartar is removed, your roots become fully exposed until your gum tissue heals over them. The roots of your teeth are a very delicate and sensitive area, and can trigger discomfort for some time after your procedure.

What can I do if I have dental anxiety?

If you have severe nervousness and anxiety for your upcoming deep cleaning treatment, ask your dental team about sedation options that they have. Our team at Best Dental has three ways to help you cope with your anxiety:

  • Laughing Gas (also known as Nitrous Oxide)
  • Oral Sedation
  • IV Sedation

The latter option is known as twilight dentistry, and allows you to completely sleep throughout your deep cleaning treatment.

Does a deep teeth cleaning require anesthesia?

This is a great question, and the answer will lie on your pain threshold, and how much plaque and calculus have to be removed during your treatment. Some deep cleanings don’t need anesthesia, while more serious cases will require it. Check with your dental team to see if anesthesia will be required for your individual case.

Are there any disadvantages to a deep teeth cleaning?

There are two potential disadvantages to deep cleanings:

  1. Your teeth may become loose after the procedure: If your teeth have severe bone loss with the accumulation of a tremendous amount of calculus, then your teeth may end up getting loose after your cleaning. The reason for this is, the calculus is what is holding the teeth together, and once they are removed, your teeth will start feeling mobile. This is often seen in the lower front teeth.
  2. Your teeth may become sensitive after your deep cleaning: A deep dental cleaning exposes your roots which tend to be very sensitive areas. Until your gum tissues fully heal after the procedure, your teeth may end up feeling tender.
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Are deep cleanings worth it?

This will come down to how much you value your overall health. Gum disease has been linked to various other diseases in the body, including negative effects on the cardiovascular system. The cost of a deep cleaning may seem a bit steep, but if it can prevent a heart attack in the future, you may think of it as an investment to bring your body back to health.

Being nervous before a deep cleaning is perfectly normal. With the advent of sedation dentistry options, and better dental technology, your fear can be eliminated before your treatment even begins. If you happen to be in the Houston area, and are in need of a deep cleaning, contact our team today!