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Old 03-27-2011, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Last time I was at the dentist, he said I had some 'pockets' that were too deep. He wanted to do a procedure that would require novocaine or some other anesthetic. I think it was gum scraping, anyone had this done. He indicated I would need to use a special mouthwash for the next 30 days. Sounds painful...
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Old 03-27-2011, 10:10 AM
 
Location: The Plains
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It sounds more painful than what it is , but it is scrapping under the gum line to get at and clean the area not reached by your tooth brush. My dentist told me the mouthwash was similar to a dilution of a betadine type solution. I may have had it done at least twice in the past. I remember a little sensitivity for maybe a day. So it couldn't of been that traumatic since I can't recall any gory details from less than five years ago. They may suggest a rotadent type tooth brush. I found out about a technique of brushing called the "Bass Technique" and my problems seemed to have disappeared. But I am sure I owe it to those first visits to the dentist.
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Old 03-27-2011, 11:07 AM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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Nothing to it once the needles come out of your mouth anyway. Some sensitivity afterwards but nothing you wouldn't feel after a good cleaning. They usually only do 2 quads at a time though so you will probably need 2 visits to finish the work. I've had this done at least twice and probably need it again. I use a Rotadent toothbrush but not enough.
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Old 03-27-2011, 11:30 AM
 
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It's basically painless, just some sensitivity to hot and/or cold afterwards. The mouthwash tends to stain your teeth with a yellow tint.

I also had the perio surgeries done but still have some large pockets that nothing will help. I go for a cleaning every three months.
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Old 03-27-2011, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Wallis and Futuna
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The worst of the scaling procedure is the novacaine injections, and having to keep your jaw still while they work. There's no drilling, no smell of anything burning, none of the usual "ACK!" stuff you experience when you're getting a root canal.

Once the novacaine wears off after you've gotten home, your gums will be pretty sore for the rest of the day. Not "omg this hurts mommy" sore, but more like - the sensation of having chewed popcorn and a kernel gave you a little paper-cut between your teeth. Except, it's between all your teeth, so it's multiplied.

Scaling is important, if the doctor says you need it. Most people need it eventually at one point or another, but some get lucky and never need it, and others need it, don't find out, don't get it, and end up with bone loss, or more severe gingivitis requiring antibiotics, deeper scaling into the bone structure of the jaw, etc. etc. etc.

It's good that you caught it when you did. Get a spinning toothbrush and always use a soft bristle if your brush comes with choices. Flossing will be even more important than before, so if you hadn't been doing it, you'll have to start.
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Old 03-27-2011, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Usually you need a specialist to do this properly. My regular dentist referred me to - I think - a periodontist. I found the Novacaine so nasty that the second time, I asked them to not use it. It was better than with the Novacaine.
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I'm nervous about getting this done. The base of my tooth is quite sensitive, almost like nerve contact. I may as well suck it up and get it done. Can I eat and drink 'normally' after the procedure (a day or so later).
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Old 08-22-2011, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Wallis and Futuna
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I'm nervous about getting this done. The base of my tooth is quite sensitive, almost like nerve contact. I may as well suck it up and get it done. Can I eat and drink 'normally' after the procedure (a day or so later).
A day or so later, absolutely. The same day you'll probably be too sore to eat much, and they advise that you not have anything hot or cold for several hours afterward.

The next day, you'll basically feel pretty much how you feel after you've used dental floss too harshly. General soreness in the gums, and that's about it.

Also, don't forget that you shouldn't get this done, unless the dentist says there is a -specific- reason for it. It isn't something that needs to be done routinely, nor will scraping off plaque be of much benefit to you unless that plaque is causing redness or the gums are receding or pulling away from the teeth.

You should definitely get that sensitive tooth looked at though. It could be a cavity, or an exposed nerve, or an enflamed/infected root.

And just remember, in both scraping, and any work needed done on the sensitive tooth: the fear of having it done at all, AND the novacaine shot, is worse than the actual procedure
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:41 AM
 
Location: California
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Last time I was at the dentist, he said I had some 'pockets' that were too deep. He wanted to do a procedure that would require novocaine or some other anesthetic. I think it was gum scraping, anyone had this done. He indicated I would need to use a special mouthwash for the next 30 days. Sounds painful...
My husband had this deep cleaning a couple of times. Then they put antibiotics around the pockets a couple of times. But for the last 3 years or so he has gone in every 4 months for regular cleanings and his pockets are doing great along with his gums. He flosses a lot which helps.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Wilkes Barre,Pa
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My husband had this deep cleaning a couple of times. Then they put antibiotics around the pockets a couple of times. But for the last 3 years or so he has gone in every 4 months for regular cleanings and his pockets are doing great along with his gums. He flosses a lot which helps.
I had the same problem, Im on a 4 months cleaning, you have to keep these pockets clean until they tightened up.
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