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Do you dread going to the dentist, fearing the pain that accompanies dental procedures? Many people share this concern, particularly when it comes to a dental deep cleaning. However, it’s important to know that with numbing options available, patients no longer need to endure any discomfort during the procedure. While regular teeth cleanings to remove food debris and plaque are generally painless, what about dental deep cleanings aimed at eliminating bacteria in gum pockets to promote gum disease healing?
The Truth about Dental Deep Cleanings
The fact is, every patient’s experience with a dental deep cleaning is different. Some may not feel any pain, especially those with shallow gum pockets. Even without anesthetics, they may experience minimal to no discomfort throughout and after the cleaning process. However, for others with deep gum pockets and severe root surface irregularities, pain during and after the procedure is more likely.
How Painful is the Process?
The good news is that patients who fear pain or suffer from dental anxiety can discuss anesthetic options with a periodontist. Topical anesthetic gel or injectable anesthetics can be used to numb the area. Sleep dentistry is another option, where the patient will be in a deep slumber and won’t feel any of the activities in their mouth. With these anesthetic options available, the fear of pain during a dental deep cleaning is unnecessary.
It’s important to note that before the dental deep cleaning procedure, the gums may be swollen or inflamed, and the pockets may be filled with bacteria. Scaling and root planing can effectively address these issues, but they may cause some discomfort and bleeding. In such cases, a local anesthetic can be administered by the periodontist to prevent serious irritation.
Furthermore, any pain that may occur during the dental deep cleaning procedure can be properly managed. The dentist can break down the procedure into multiple stages to prevent or reduce discomfort.
Discomfort After the Procedure
Patients should be aware that some discomfort may occur after the treatment, but it is usually bearable. There are options available to alleviate soreness or sensitivity that may arise due to the cleaning. Over-the-counter painkillers can help reduce pain, and rinsing the mouth with salt water can alleviate swelling and discomfort.
Post-procedure symptoms such as bleeding, discomfort, and teeth sensitivity should not persist beyond one week. With proper care and cautious brushing, gum swelling, tenderness, or bleeding will gradually improve. General discomfort typically subsides within a day or two for most patients.
If you have concerns about experiencing pain during a dental deep cleaning, it’s advisable to consult with a periodontist. They will take measures to ensure that any pain experienced during the procedure is manageable and not too intense.
To learn more about dental deep cleanings or schedule an appointment, visit Make You Smile or call Highlands Family Dentistry at (214) 491-5362 for an appointment at our Dallas office.